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Wilson Betemit nearing comeback with Orioles

Aug 12, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Baltimore might be adding a veteran bench bat for the stretch run, as Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Wilson Betemit is finally making some progress in his recovery from a spring training knee injury.

Betemit has been playing rehab games in rookie-ball and is scheduled to move up to high Single-A this week to, as manager Buck Showalter put it, play in front of “some lights and some people in the stands.”

Betemit has missed the entire season, so a big role upon returning is unlikely, but he did hit .261 with 12 homers, 19 doubles, and a .744 OPS in 102 games last season and has experience at a bunch of different positions defensively. If healthy the switch-hitter would be a nice bench addition for the Orioles.

  1. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Will be a nice bench addition indeed. He’s a better batter as a LHB vs RHP, batted over .300 last year in that split. It’ll be interesting how they use him though. He has played some games in LF and wouldn’t surprise me if he did some vs. LH starters over McClouth. He’ll definitely platoon in the DH role with Uruttia and Pearce at the moment.

  2. madhatternalice - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I’m just thrilled that for the second year in a row, I can read the words “Baltimore” and “stretch run” in the same sentence from the other side of the coin.

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