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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
New Orioles designated hitter-infielder Wilson Betemit arrived at spring training camp Tuesday, joining a growing list of position players who have arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex early. For Betemit, who is in his sixth organization since 2006, walking into a new clubhouse included seeing some familiar faces. He knows pitchers Pedro Strop and Alfredo Simon, who are fellow Dominicans, and non-roster invitee Oscar Villarreal was a teammate of Betemit's in Atlanta. The Orioles signed Betemit to a two-year, $3.25 million contract (plus an vesting option for 2014)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
BOSTON -- It took nearly a full season from the time he collapsed on the field in Sarasota, Fla. in late March until designated hitter Wilson Betemit officially rejoined the Orioles. It finally happened Tuesday, when Betemit was activated from the 60-day disabled list and infielder Ryan Flaherty was optioned to the minors. “I'm really excited to come back and help the team anytime they need me,” Betemit said. “That's why I'm here.” Betemit, 31, tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while running the bases March 25 in a spring training game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
Orioles fans received a free-agent acquisition -- albeit not the one they were likely waiting for -- on Monday evening. The Orioles agreed to terms with 30-year-old utility man Wilson Betemit on a two-year deal (with an option for a third year), pending a physical, The Sun first reported Monday. While the acquisition of Betemit isn't the flashiest, and it's obviously not Prince Fielder, it fills several key needs for the Orioles. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Betemit, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a generally underrated player, even though he's never been an everyday guy and hasn't played in more than 97 games since 2007.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
Unless something changes dramatically, Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit will be making his 2013 debut this week in Boston, possibly starting Wednesday at Fenway Park against a right-hander. On the disabled list all season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in March, Betemit's 20-day injury rehab assignment expires Monday, and it cannot be extended unless he re-aggravates the injury or suffers a new one. Otherwise, he'll have to be activated in a reasonable amount of time, meaning the club is unlikely to be able to be able to hold off his activation until rosters expand Sept.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
The Orioles lost a close game to the A's on Friday -- and also lost another player to injury. While taking batting practice Friday before the game, reserve infielder/DH Wilson Betemit, who was in line for more playing time with Nick Markakis lost for the season, had a recurrence of the right wrist injury that sidelined him almost three weeks in August. “I am really frustrated. I come back from the DL and I try to contribute to the team, but that happens,” said Betemit, whose eyes were red and was visibly upset after the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit hobbled into team's clubhouse Tuesday morning on crutches with his right leg in a bulky brace. A day after falling to the ground between first and second base during a Grapefruit League game, Betemit said he's been told that the Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for at least six to eight weeks. “I feel really heavy today, like [I weigh] 300 pounds,” Betemit said. “But let's see what happens with my rehab in a couple weeks.” The switch-hitting Betemit was scheduled to be the team's regular left-handed designated hitter against -- he compiled a .302/.357/.502 while hitting 10 homers in 255 at bats against right-handed pitching last season.
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By Dan Connolly | January 24, 2012
The Orioles have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with infielder Wilson Betemit, according to an industry source. The deal, which includes an option for a third year, is pending a physical. The 30-year-old switch-hitter batted .285 with a .343 on-base percentage in 97 games with the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers last year. Primarily a third baseman, he also has played shortstop, second base and outfield in his career -- though he is not known for his defensive abilities.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2012
The Orioles are scheduled to hit the field this morning around 10 for their third full-squad workout of the spring. Right-hander Jim Johnson, on a trunk progression program after having some lower back pain, is scheduled to throw off a full mound for the first time this morning. There's a 45 percent chance of thunderstorms to hit Sarasota at noon. We've had great weather here so far, but it looks like the elements could come into play today. -- I spoke with new Orioles outfielder Endy Chavez, who is very upbeat about playing in Baltiimore.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
The first thing you notice about Wilson Betemit as he talks about his career is that there is no bitterness in his voice, no spite toward previous organizations for a perceived lack of opportunities. No, Betemit, the 30-year-old switch-hitter the Orioles signed to a two-year deal this past offseason to be their primary designated hitter and pinch-hitter, truly seems happy to be in the game. "It would be frustrating if I didn't play no more, and I'd be at home," said Betemit, who is with his seventh major league club in his 10th season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2012
The main void Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saw in his team's batting order was its on-base percentage. The lineup had plenty of power last season but not enough men on base to capitalize on that strength in the American League East. And the acquisition of 30-year-old infielder Wilson Betemit fits that mold well. Betemit signed a two-year deal worth roughly $3 million guaranteed with a 2014 vesting option based on performance incentives that could raise the total value to $6 million, according to an industry source.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2013
The Orioles have listed their probables for the Boston series and Miguel Gonzalez is not on the list. We'll ask Buck Showalter after the game today as to why he is skipping Gonzalez - or pushing him back to the Yankees series. Wilson Betemit was in the clubhouse on crutches today. He said he is relieved that arthroscopic surgery did not show any further damage in his right knee. He will head to Sarasota, Fla., Wednesday to begin rehab. He said he expects to be evaluated in about a month to get a better idea of when he can return.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit underwent successful exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. The procedure isn't expected to extend Betemit's initial recovery time of six to eight weeks from a Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament tear in the knee. “They went in just to look and repair a couple of minor things, so everything in there was good news," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. “The anterior cruciate ligament is really good and the PCL looks like it's going to heal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
This morning, the Orioles are reeling from designated hitter Wilson Betemit's right knee injury. More should be known today about the severity of Betemit's injury, but it doesn't look good. After Betemit's right knee buckled while he was running between first and second base Monday, an MRI revealed a Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament tear with associated injuries. It's still unclear whether Betemit will need surgery. The injury definitely resonated through the Orioles clubhouse.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit hobbled into team's clubhouse Tuesday morning on crutches with his right leg in a bulky brace. A day after falling to the ground between first and second base during a Grapefruit League game, Betemit said he's been told that the Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for at least six to eight weeks. “I feel really heavy today, like [I weigh] 300 pounds,” Betemit said. “But let's see what happens with my rehab in a couple weeks.” The switch-hitting Betemit was scheduled to be the team's regular left-handed designated hitter against -- he compiled a .302/.357/.502 while hitting 10 homers in 255 at bats against right-handed pitching last season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2013
The sight of Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit rolling and writhing on the infield grass of Ed Smith Stadium on Monday afternoon suddenly quieted a sellout crowd and sent chills through the home dugout. As routine an act as Betemit's was - going on a full-count pitch from first base to second during the Orioles 12-9 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox - the result was anything but. Betemit's right knee buckled mid-stride as he stumbled in the basepath, crumbled to the ground and clutched his knee in severe pain.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2013
One of Wilson Betemit's best friends in the Orioles' clubhouse is fellow Dominican native Pedro Strop. Strop talked about what it was like to watch his friend crumble to the ground after the fifth inning Monday and then be carted off the field with a ligament sprain in his right knee. Betemit had homered in the game and had six RBIs in his past two contests. “It was hard for me because we are always talking in the offseason, we are in contact, and I know how hard he worked this offseason to get his swing ready and everything," Strop said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
The Orioles opened their first road trip of the year - a three-city, 10-game swing that will take them to two countries and four time zones - under a closed roof at Rogers Center on Friday night. That set the stage for a home run derby against the Toronto Blue Jays that saw the teams combine for seven homers, including four in a 10-batter span. But it was third baseman Wilson Betemit's single up the middle that proved to be the most important hit of the night, a two-out, bases-loaded, eighth-inning hit that sent the Orioles to a 7-5 win in front of an announced 21,988.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | June 16, 2012
ATLANTA -   Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz's outing on Friday night came down to one batter - and specifically one pitch - against a rookie shortstop playing in just his 12th game in the major leagues. Matusz spent most of the night dodging disasters against the Braves at Turner Field, making key pitches to get critical outs. With two outs in the sixth, he was one out away from getting a quality start - and inched closer to his fifth win in his last seven decisions. But that's when Matusz hung a two-seamer split - one that was supposed to be low and away - over the plate to 22-year old Andrelton Simmons, and the Braves shortstop of the future sent Matusz's mistake into the left-field stands for a two-run homer.
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By Dan Connolly | September 17, 2012
Wilson Betemit will not need surgery on his right wrist, which he reinjured during batting practice Friday in Oakland, according to Showalter. Betemit saw a hand specialist in Sarasota on Monday, who determined from tests that Betemit, who was on the disabled list in August with a similar wrist injury, is just dealing with inflammation. “They didn't feel like he needed surgery. That was good news,” Showalter said. “So he is going to probably get [a cortisone] injection and wait for the inflammation to go down.” Betemit is likely out for the season, but Showalter was not ready to concede that yet, preferring to see how quickly the inflammation subsides.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2012
The Orioles lost a close game to the A's on Friday -- and also lost another player to injury. While taking batting practice Friday before the game, reserve infielder/DH Wilson Betemit, who was in line for more playing time with Nick Markakis lost for the season, had a recurrence of the right wrist injury that sidelined him almost three weeks in August. “I am really frustrated. I come back from the DL and I try to contribute to the team, but that happens,” said Betemit, whose eyes were red and was visibly upset after the game.
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