SARASOTA, Fla. – Last spring training Wilson Betemit joked that his favorite position was “everywhere.” Well, Mr. Everywhere is back for his second season with the Orioles.
Last year, Betemit batted .261 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 102 games, the most he’d played since 2007. He missed most of the last two months with an injury to his right wrist.
“It was tough because it never happened to me,” Betemit said. “Not being in the playoffs was hard because I was here doing rehab and seeing it on TV, I was like: ‘man, I want to go. I want to go.’”
Unfortunately for Betemit the Orioles were eliminated in the Division Series. The team was considering activating him for the American league Championship Series had they advanced. He had joined the team in New York for the fifth game and was ready to fly to Detroit for the ALCS.
Betemit was asked to come to the Orioles’ mini-camp which preceded FanFest in January so the team could see him in action.
“I rested and got treatment in the Dominican and did my exercises there, and hitting. I feel really good now,” Betemit said.
Betemit played third base until the arrival of Manny Machado, making 13 errors in 75 games. This year, he’s likely to be the designated hitter against right-handers. As a switch-hitter, Betemit batted .302 as a left-hander, but just .140 as a right-hander.
“It’s not a big deal for me,” Betemit said. “I carry all my gloves. Wherever they put me, that’s why I’m here.”