Urrutia plays at Ed Smith
Cuban defector Henry Urrutia had two hits in his first game in a big league atmosphere as he started in the Orioles' exhibition against the State College of Florida at Ed Smith Stadium.
Urrutia just joined the organization earlier this month. Visa issues kept him stranded in Haiti for the past eight months after he signed a $778,500 bonus in July. He went 2-for-4 in the game Friday with two singles and two ground outs.
Urrutia hasn't played competitively in two years, so the Orioles are pacing him slowly. It's still unclear where in the minor league system he will open the season. When the team signed him in July, it planned to start him at Double-A Bowie.
Urrutia still has some work visa paperwork to complete before he's able to play a game for an affiliate, which could prevent him from being placed on a minor league Opening Day roster.
Around the horn
Minor leaguer Buck Britton hit a two-run double, and Travis Adair, the son of Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, hit a solo homer in the Orioles' 6-1 exhibition win over the State College of Florida, a local junior college. Lew Ford also added two hits and an RBI, and Russ Canzler drove in a run. … Left-hander Brian Matusz, who was slated to pitch Friday, is now expected to pitch in Saturday's spring finale against the Mets. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens could also pitch in that game. … The Orioles released minor-leaguer Adam Greenberg on Friday.