SARASOTA, Fla. – A little after 10 a.m., Henry Urrutia has arrived at the Orioles clubhouse to take a blood test and briefly meet with Orioles officials. The Cuban defector, who speaks no English, carrying a glove, two pairs spikes and a bat, arrived with his interpreter.
Urrutia, who appears to be about 6-foot-4, looks to be fit and has a short goatee.
"He's pretty excited to be here. He's pretty happy. His wife is still in Haiti," manager Buck Showalter said. "Good looking kid."
He signed with the Orioles last July for $778,500, but was held up in Haiti until this week when he received a work visa.
The Orioles have no idea what kind of shape Urrutia is in, and they’re eager to find out. He took some orthopedic tests on Thursday.
"When we get all that stuff taken care of, we can pay him," Showalter said.
Last year, Orioles executive Fred Ferreira, who signed him thought Urrutia could begin play at Bowie.
Urrutia left the complex for more tests about a half-hour after he arrived.