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. “It’s frustrating. Everything is going good for us and this happens to me.”
Betemit, who had hit .261 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 102 games, will fly to Sarasota, Fla., on Sunday and be checked out by a hand specialist on Monday.
The switch-hitter said he won’t know the prognosis until he is examined, but since the pain is intense and similar to the previous injury, it’s likely he is done for the season.
“It really hurt today, like the last time it hurt,” said Betemit, who was on the DL from Aug. 13 to Sept. 1. "I’m in real pain right now in my wrist.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who normally takes a wait-and-see approach to injuries, was grim in telling reporters about the injury.
“Same symptoms as before. He’s really down. He battled his way back and a big part of what we’ve done here,” Showalter said. “But I don’t like our prospects of getting him back.”