Orioles notes: Betemit on the mend, Roberts to Florida

BALTIMORE - Wilson Betemit was in the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse Sunday, albeit with the aid of crutches, and said he's feeling better three weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his right knee in Sarasota, Fla.

Betemit underwent surgery last Wednesday, and he's expected to be out 6-8 weeks dating back to his injury March 25 during spring training.

"They said everything's good inside," he said. "When I got hurt, I thought it was worse than what I've got right now. I thought I was going to have [major] surgery, but they told me it was good news. I just had the little surgery a couple days ago and I feel much better."

Betemit played through an injury-plagued 2012 with a stint on the DL in midsummer because of a right wrist injury. He came back and played in five games before re-injuring the wrist and didn't play again last season.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said second baseman Brian Roberts was heading to Sarasota on Sunday, earlier than projected, to begin rehabilitation on his right knee. Roberts injured himself sliding into second base last Thursday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Showalter was pleased with the news on both Betemit and Roberts, who were both expected to be starters this season.

"You don't want to see anybody get hurt, but the news we got back was about as good as you could expect," Showalter said.

THOU SHALL NOT STEAL: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had the day off Sunday - save for a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth - which likely pleased Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to no end. Wieters threw out two baserunners Saturday night, giving him three caught stealings in four attempts this season.

Wieters was third in the American League a year ago in throwing out baserunners at a 38.6 percent clip and he led the league in caught stealing with 32.

Wieters' Sunday replacement, Taylor Teagarden, got into the act and threw out Darin Mastroianni trying to steal second in the eighth inning.

"We're never, ever running again here in Baltimore," Gardenhire said before the game.

REIMOLD OUT: Left fielder Nolan Reimold left Sunday's game after the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring. Reimold grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth, but he didn't come out to his position. Showalter replaced him with Nate McLouth.

Reimold played in 16 games last year, batting .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs, before going down with a herniated disc that ended his season. Reimold was 1 for 3 with single and a run before leaving Sunday's the game.

Showalter said the club will re-evaluate the degree of Reimold's injury Monday.

UP NEXT: The Orioles are off to Boston for a three-game series beginning Monday at 2:05 p.m. with an off-day Tuesday. Baltimore's slated starting pitchers are Wei-Yin Chen for Monday, Jake Arrieta on Wednesday and Chris Tillman on Thursday. The Red Sox's probables are Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, and Felix Doubront.

BIRD BITS: Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 with an RBI on Sunday and had multiple hits in three straight games. he went 8 for 13 in the series against Minnesota. ... The Orioles have scored first in all six games this season. ... Jason Hammel was 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in six daytime starts since the beginning of last season before Sunday's loss.

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