Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit will continue his rehab assignment with the Frederick Keys beginning tonight, Monday, Aug. 19, returning to Frederick after playing two games at Harry Grove Stadium a week ago. Betemit injured his right knee during spring training and has yet to play for the Orioles this season.
Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 40 RBIs for the Orioles last season, his first with club, while primarily playing third base. He went 3-for-9 with three RBIs playing for the Keys on Aug. 12 and 13 against Myrtle Beach. He then played five games with Double-A Bowie and batted .353 (6-for-17) with three RBIs and four walks. Betemit began his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on August 6, playing in five games and batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs.
Betemit is a 10-year Major League veteran and has played for seven teams, beginning his career with Atlanta. Named the Braves' top prospect after the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Betemit played in the Carolina League for Myrtle Beach in '01, slugging seven homers and driving in 43 runs while batting .277 with 20 doubles in 84 games.
Betemit is the second Oriole to rehab with the Keys this season. Outfielder Steve Pearce was the first, playing two games at Harry Grove Stadium on July 29 and 30 before returning to Baltimore on July 31.
The Keys are home through Friday, Aug. 23, finishing their four-game series with Winston-Salem on Tuesday and beginning a three-game series against Wilmington on Wednesday. For tickets, purchase online at FrederickKeys.com, by phone at 301-815-9939 or at the box office at Harry Grove Stadium.