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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Orioles promoted outfielder Henry Urrutia to Norfolk from Double-A Bowie on Thursday. The 26-year-old Cuban defector was batting an Eastern League-best .365 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in his first 52 games of baseball in the United States. He posted a .433 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage, and finished his time with the Baysox on an eight-game hitting streak. “He was a guy that draws your eyesight to him when he plays,” Showalter said. Showalter said Urrutia has sharpened his defense and benefited from outfielder Nolan Reimold's rehab assignment in Bowie.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
BOSTON  -  Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira plucked Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from the Mexican League, signed him to a minor league free-agent deal and saw him blossom into a major league starting pitcher. Now he hopes another pitcher - ironically, one with the same name - can reach the same heights. The Orioles have signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, to an international free-agent deal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
Cuban defector outfielder Henry Urrutia, displaced in Haiti since the Orioles signed him to a $778,500 bonus in the summer, is expected to report to the club's minor league facility at Twin Lakes Park some time this weekend. “There's a lot of unknown about what kind of shape he's in,” Showalter said, “in more ways than one, parasites, other stuff you need to rule out.” Showalter said Urrutia hasn't received his bonus and won't until he passes the club's physical, which could take two or three days.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Orioles outfield prospect Henry Urrutia will undergo sports hernia surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. He will have the procedure in Philadelphia and it will be performed by Dr. William Meyers. Urrutia hasn't been in the Triple-A Norfolk lineup since April 27 and was hitting .220/.250/.293 with no homers and seven RBIs in 20 games for the Tides. The 27-year-old Urrutia had been dealing with the injury for more than two weeks and tried playing through it. That could partially explain Urrutia's slow start to the season after a strong spring training.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
When the Orioles sent outfielder-designated hitter Henry Urrutia back to Triple-A Norfolk after Friday night's loss to the Colorado Rockies, it ended the Cuban defector's first stint in major league baseball. After batting .365 in the minor leagues, Urrutia hit .269 in 52 at-bats over 21 games with the Orioles with only one extra-base hit. He had three multihit performances, including a three-hit night July 22 in his second career start at Kansas City. “I think Henry needs to go back and get where he was, and he will,” manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Henry Urrutia stood at his locker Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and joked that one of the best parts of his day right now is when he walks down the hallway and steps on the scale. The lanky Orioles left fielder - a Cuban defector who was still trying to get into the United States from Haiti this time last year after visa issues - has put on nearly 20 pounds after an offseason dedicated to increasing muscle mass. Urrutia played at about 183 pounds last season, but he said Thursday that he weighed 201 pounds.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
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.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop homered for the second straight day Thursday, hitting a solo homer off Bud Norris in the first inning of the Orioles' second intrasquad game. Schoop's homer was a blast to left-center field that hit the television camera platform well beyond the fence. “Jon's in a good place,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think Jonathan has had some very good role models [in camp]. Like I've said before, it's a matter of when, not if. That's what we're trying to judge here.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Henry Urrutia will make his second major league start tonight, hitting eighth as the Orioles' designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals. Both of the left-handed Urrutia's starts have come against right-handed starters. Right-hander Wade Davis is pitching for the Royals tonight. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend that Urrutia showed in the minors that he can hit left-handed pitching. His first big-league hit -- a bases-loaded RBI single in Saturday's 7-4 win over Texas -- came against left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz.
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By Eduardo A, Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia received treatment on a sore throwing shoulder before Saturday's Grapefruit League home opener, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's OK to hit, but he went in to get treated about a half-hour ago,” Showalter said today before batting practice. Other items of note: -- Steve Johnson, Edgmer Escalona , Ryan Webb and Evan Meek will follow starter Miguel Gonzalez Saturday against the Blue Jays.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
A look at how the Orioles' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, fared last season, with a brief analysis on each: 1. RHP Dylan Bundy 2013 statistics: Did not pitch Skinny: Bundy missed the entire 2013 season after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction, and he's not expected to return to games until June. But he made his major league debut at the end of the 2012 season and remains a vital part of the Orioles' future. 2. RHP Kevin Gausman 2013 statistics: 3-5, 5.66 ERA in 20 games (five starts)
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dominican slugger Nelson Cruz sat at his new locker a few weeks ago and surveyed the Orioles' spring training clubhouse. In one corner, Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was huddled with his interpreter. On the other side of the room, South Korean star Suk-min Yoon was playing pingpong. Right beside Cruz was Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, soaking in the experience of a marquee Latin American player who has not forgotten what it was like to be a stranger in a strange new land.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez overcame a rocky first inning to allow two runs over five hits over six innings in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Jimenez fell behind 2-0 four batters into the game after allowing a towering two-run homer in the first inning to James Loney. Despite going deep into counts early, Jimenez avoided further damage in the opening frame and retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.
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By Dan Connolly | March 20, 2014
BRADENTON, Fla. - Right-hander Bud Norris rebounded impressively from a rough outing last time out and the Orioles scratched out a few runs to beat the PittsburgPirates 4-2 on Thursday night. Norris, who is expected to pitch in the fifth slot in the rotation, threw five strong innings, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. It was a nice rebound from his last Grapefruit League start against the New York Yankees in which he gave up three runs (two earned)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
TAMPA - A glance at the stat sheet shows that outfielder Henry Urrutia is enjoying a tremendous spring. The 27-year-old Cuban defector is hitting .300 in Grapefruit League play. He has hits in four of his last five game, hitting .400 (6-for-15) in that span. In the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field, Urrutia was 2-for-3 with a double. There's no doubt that Urrutia has made tremendous strides in all aspects of his game since his first professional season in the United States last year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Right-hander Suk-min Yoon has his visa issues behind him and will make his Grapefruit League debut for the Orioles on Saturday against the New York Yankees. The details right now are sketchy. He hasn't been told when he will go in the game or for how long. But that doesn't matter to Yoon, who has yet to pitch in a competitive game because the South Korea native hadn't secured his work visa until this week. “I'm excited to throw Saturday,” Yoon said through interpreter Justin Yoo. “Instead of results, I'm looking to get my feel, to get a feel for pitching on a mound.” He has thrown simulated games and side sessions, but now will get the world-renowned Yankees - although it is not expected to be a representative lineup.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
It appears that the Orioles will be well represented in next month's All-Star Game in New York, and two of the organization's top prospects have been chosen to participate in the All-Star Futures Game. Double-A Bowie outfielder Henry Urrutia and Class-A Frederick left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez have been selected to play for the World Team in the Futures Game on July 14 at Citi Field. The game highlights some of the top prospects in baseball in a United States against the rest of the world setting.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Infielder Alexi Casilla, who has been limited this spring to a right hamstring strain, was scratched from Friday's lineup with a hyper-extended left knee. The Orioles weren't immediately sure of the extent of the injury. Casilla, a non-roster invitee who is battling to regain his utility infield spot, has played in just three games and is hitless in five at-bats. Jonathan Schoop replaced Casilla at shortstop and will bat seventh. Quintin Berry and Michael Almanzar dropped to eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Wei-Yin Chen became the first Oriole to go four innings this spring and Henry Urrutia's first homer helped contribute to a 2-2 tie with the Minnesota Twins. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead into the ninth, but reliever Troy Patton gave up a solo homer to former Orioles' farmhand Brandon Waring. Because the Twins also had a split squad against Tampa in Port Charlotte on Friday, they didn't have enough pitching to extend the game and the sides agreed to the tie. Chen pitched well, allowing three hits, one walk and one run while striking out three and throwing 60 pitches in four innings.
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