Urrutia to undergo sports hernia surgery

Urrutia to undergo sports hernia surgery
May 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Henry Urrutia (51) bats against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at the Rangers Ballpark.

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BALTIMORE – Henry Urrutia is expected to miss six-eight weeks because he’s undergoing sports hernia surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Dr. William Meyers, who performed surgery on Nick Markakis, will work on the 27-year-old Cuban defector.

Urrutia, who batted .276 in 24 games with the Orioles last year, was off to a rough start with Norfolk. He is hitting .220 with seven RBIs.

“It’s frustrating. He’ll be back, hopefully underneath two weeks. Finish up strong. There are ways to catch up. He’ll be an option for us, hopefully sometime in July,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Nolan Reimold, who is on the 60-day disabled list and eligible to play at the end of the month, has been getting four at-bats in stimulated games.

Francisco Peguero was sent to Norfolk on Friday to begin his 20-day rehab assignment. Peguero hasn’t played this season due to right wrist tendinitis.

Sergio Escalona (right shoulder), who is also on the 60-day DL, threw on the side on Thursday in Sarasota, Fla.