Urrutia begins minor league rehab next week

Urrutia begins minor league rehab next week
July 3, 2014, 5:45 pm
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(Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE – Henry Urrutia will begin a minor league rehab next week. Urrutia underwent surgery for a sports hernia in May, and the Orioles still have high hopes for him.

In 2013, Urrutia batted .276 in 24 games with the Orioles. The Cuban defector was batting .220 in 20 games for Norfolk before undergoing surgery.

“We’ve just got to get him on the field,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Hopefully, this is the last thing. I thought he was primed to have a pretty good year. We considered him [for] our club in the spring. I remember how heartbroken he was when we sent him down. That was a tough send out.

“He’s very much in the picture, somebody we were counting on in Triple-A this year. He’ll hopefully get in that flow very quickly.”

Showalter says he doesn’t know where Urrutia will begin his rehab.

NOTES: The Orioles signed third baseman Austen Anderson, their ninth round draft choice. They’ve signed their top eight draft picks.

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-Josh Hart, who suffered a right knee injury in May, will return to Delmarva on Friday.

-Steve Johnson (right shoulder) will throw two innings for GCL on Saturday.

-Alexi Casilla had right hamate bone surgery by Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla. this week.

-Matt Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery last month, will be with the team for the last four days of next week’s homestand.