SARASOTA, Fla. – Wilson Betemit hobbled into the Orioles clubhouse Tuesday morning. On crutches, Betemit was not the happy player he seems most days.
When asked how he was feeling, a day after suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Betemit answered: “Bad. Not sore like yesterday, but I feel really heavy today, like 300 pounds.”
On Monday, Betemit was scrambling to get back to first base in the fifth inning after Manny Machado popped to left field on a hit-and-run. He fell to the ground and stayed there for a few moments before being carted off the field.
Betemit was taken for an MRI and he was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 tear of the posterior cruciate ligament. He estimates he’ll be out for at least six-to-eight weeks.
“They’re not talking about surgery,” Betemit said.
Monday was a frightening experience.
“I feel like my legs, my bones, it feels like I broke everything,” Betemit said.
“I was running. I knew something was going on.”
Betemit, who missed the postseason with a right wrist injury also had a rib injury that sidelined him. He didn’t play winter ball, and worked out in the Dominican Republic and Sarasota. Betemit will remain in Sarasota after the team departs for the regular season.
“They told me six-eight weeks. Hopefully, I come back and keep going,” Betemit said.
“I came this year ready. I wasn’t having a good spring training. I started feeling good the last couple of days. It’s tough for me.”