SARASOTA, Fla. — Henry Urrutia, the Cuban defector who joined the Orioles earlier this month eight months after he signed, will play in his first game at Ed Smith Stadium in today’s exhibition against the State College of Florida.
Urrutia will start in right field and hit sixth in the batting order.
Urrutia, who signed a $778,500 signing bonus in July, hasn’t played in two seasons. He was suspended for the entire 2011 season in Cuba after a failed defection, so the Orioles are pacing him slowly to get him readjusted to the game while getting him ready for the season.
He played in a handful of games in right field and is currently getting three at-bats and playing six innings per game.