Orioles place Urrutia on restricted list--for now

Orioles place Urrutia on restricted list--for now
September 13, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Due to his legal status, Cuban defector Henry Urrutia was placed on the restricted list when he couldn’t travel to Canada for the Orioles’ series in Toronto.

Urrutia, who entered the United States from Haiti in March, is in Sarasota, Fla. for the weekend and could rejoin the team next week in Boston.

To take Urrutia’s place, the Orioles purchased the contract of first baseman Dan Johnson from Norfolk. Johnson was signed by the Orioles as a free agent in late August.

The 34-year-old Johnson has played with Oakland, Tampa Bay and the Chicago White Sox. He’s also played in Japan. This year, Johnson batted .250 with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs with Norfolk and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The left-handed hitting Johnson will wear No. 55.

It has not been decided if Urrutia will return to the club. Nor has it been determined if Steve Pearce, who has tendinitis in his left wrist, will return next week, either.

Dan is the fourth Johnson on the Orioles: pitchers Jim and Steve as well as Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, who’s currently with the team.

NOTES: Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Toronto that Darren O’Day received cortisone injections for the numbness in the fingers of his right hand.

-Baltimore native Steve Clevenger, who was obtained by the Orioles in July’s trade with the Chicago Cubs along with Scott Feldman, gets his first start.

-Danny Valencia is in the lineup against the right-handed Todd Redmond. Valencia is batting .548 in his last 12 games, including nine multi-hit games.