Orioles designated hitter
A day after falling to the ground between first and second base during a
"I feel really heavy today, like [I weigh] 300 pounds," Betemit said. "But let's see what happens with my rehab in a couple weeks."
The switch-hitting Betemit was scheduled to be the team's regular left-handed designated hitter against -- he compiled a .302/.357/.502 while hitting 10 homers in 255 at bats against right-handed pitching last season.
The good news for the Orioles is that Betemit had been told that he can rehab the injury without needing surgery.
"They've told me just do rehab, do some ice and some treatment over there and see what happens in six to eight weeks," Betemit said.
In the fifth inning of Monday’s 12-9 Orioles win over the
"Oh yeah," Betemit said. "It felt like my leg and bone, I broke everything. And then after that, after the MRI, they told me it was the ligament in the back. They're connected to my bone, but everything has stretched too much. That's why I have to wear this [brace], so they can connect them back."
Betemit decided against playing winter ball this offseason so he could concentrate on working out for 2013, spending a lot of time at the Orioles' complex in the Dominican Republic.
Last season ended prematurely for Betemit, who played in just five of the team's final 48 games and missed the entire postseason with a right wrist injury. He initially missed three weeks and returned on Sept. 1 only to reaggravate the injury 12 days later.
“It’s very disappointing,” Betemit said. “I came into this year ready. I know I wasn’t having a good