Baltimore Orioles utility player Wilson Betemit collapsed
yesterday during an exhibition contest with what was initially described as a
knee injury. The O’s have since announced that Betemit has suffered a Grade 2/3
posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear and “associated injuries,” according to
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports.
Betemit sustained the injury while running the bases in the
fifth inning of yesterday’s spring training game. He rolled from side to side
in evident pain and ultimately had to be carted off the field.
This is a worst-case as far as MRI results go, as it
revealed a tear. The associated injuries could also be serious, but the team is
expected to announce more on the injury today.
Betemit hit .261/.322/.422 with 19 doubles and 12 home runs
last season for the Orioles. Kubatko notes that his injury increases the
likelihood that Ryan Flaherty makes the team, and it also opens the door for
one of the right-handed-hitting outfield/first base types – such as Steve
Pearce or Connor Jackson. Baltimore could also elect to replace Betemit with
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