SARASOTA, Fla. — It was a scary moment for the Baltimore Orioles. Designated hitter Wilson Betemit was on first in the fifth inning and running on the pitch when Manny Machado flied to left field. Betemit, already near second, was scrambling to get back to first when he collapsed.
For several moments, Betemit was on the ground while teammates, trainers and manager Buck Showalter surrounded him. Taken off the field on a cart, Betemit was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee. He was sent for an MRI late yesterday afternoon.
Betemit had already hit a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly, Adam Jones hit two home runs, and J.J. Hardy drove in four runs with three hits including a three-run homer as Baltimore beat the Boston Red Sox 12-9.
Manager Buck Showalter was so upset by Betemit’s injury that he left the dugout and walked off the field to visit with Betemit in the right field clubhouse.
“He’s pretty down right now, as we are,” Showalter said. “I’m going to think positive thoughts. Obviously it doesn’t look good right now, but I’m concerned about Wilson the human being as opposed to what he does for our club.”
The Orioles scored 12 runs for the second straight day as they ran their record to 18-7-3, best in the Grapefruit League.
Rule 5 draft choice T.J. McFarland started his first game for Baltimore, working 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked none.
“The results aren’t necessarily what I wanted to see,” McFarland said. “But in the game, I felt good. I have nerves every time I go out to throw. You usually can overcome them, they are good nerves. I am excited to pitch. But not any more or less than there usually is.