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Wilson Betemit | Designated Hitter

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/2/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 222
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Wilson Betemit has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine use.
Betemit spent the 2014 season with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate and is currently a minor league free agent. The 33-year-old will begin serving the suspension if or when he latches on with a new team. Feb 2 - 4:36 PM

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Rays sent INF Wilson Betemit outright to Triple-A Durham.

The 32-year-old infielder wasn't able to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster, but has accepted an assignment to Triple-A and will function as additional depth for the Rays. He hit .259/.353/.333 with four RBI in 27 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Wilson Betemit is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

The veteran infielder had his arrival to camp delayed for a few weeks due to visa issues. He's listed on manager Joe Maddon's lineup card for Saturday, meaning he'll likely see some game action. He's competing for a spot on the Rays bench.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 08:53:00 AM

Wilson Betemit finally arrived at Rays camp Thursday.

Betemit was a couple weeks late due to a problem with his work visa. He kept in playing shape at the Rays' Dominican academy and told reporters that he should be ready for Grapefruit League action within a few days. The veteran infielder still has a decent shot at an Opening Day roster spot.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 08:29:00 AM

Wilson Betemit has yet to report to Rays' camp due to visa issues.

Relievers Juan Carlos Oviedo and Juan Sandoval are also absent due to visa problems. As long as the situation doesn't take too long to be resolved, Betemit will have time to get his work in and still be a good bet to crack the Opening Day roster.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Rays signed INF Wilson Betemit to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Betemit was limited to just 10 plate appearances last season due to a knee injury. The switch-hitter doesn't make for a good platoon partner with Matt Joyce in the designated hitter spot, as Betemit has always hit right-handers (.819 OPS) much better than left-handers (.636 OPS). He'll be another movable piece for manager Joe Maddon.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Orioles released INF Wilson Betemit.

Betemit was designated for assignment early last week so that the Orioles could clear a 40-man roster spot for Henry Urrutia. Betemit played in just six games this year due to a knee injury. He is now a free agent.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 05:36:00 PM

Orioles designated INF Wilson Betemit for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Henry Urrutia to be activated from the restricted list. Betemit has seen sporadic playing time since returning from a knee injury in late August, going 0-for-10 with three strikeouts in six games.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Wilson Betemit went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Betemit is now 0-for-8 with two strikeouts since returning from his season-long knee injury. He still figures to get some at-bats out of the DH spot against right-handers, but the addition of Mike Morse could have an impact on his playing time.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Orioles activated INF Wilson Betemit from the 60-day disabled list.

Betemit will be available off Orioles' bench Tuesday for the first time this season. The 31-year-old is still recovering from a major knee injury and will be limited to DH and pinch-hitting duties initially.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Wilson Betemit (knee) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.

Betemit, out all season with a knee injury, is batting .340/.411/.380 with two doubles in 14 games between rookie ball, High-A Frederick, and Double-A Bowie. The 31-year-old should be cleared to join the Orioles by the end of the month.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Wilson Betemit (knee) will continue his rehab with Double-A Bowie.

Betemit hit .360 (9-for-25) with two doubles and six RBI in seven games between rookie ball and High-A Frederick. The 31-year-old has been sidelined all season with a knee injury, but the Orioles are hoping he'll be able to contribute for the stretch run.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Wilson Betemit (knee) is scheduled to play with High-A Frederick on Monday and Tuesday.

Betemit batted .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and three RBI through five games with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate. The 31-year-old has been sidelined all season with a right knee injury, but he could be a nice addition for the O's down the stretch.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Wilson Betemit (knee) will move his rehab assignment up to High-A Frederick Monday.

Betemit has been at the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate for nearly a week and evidently hasn't had any issues with his surgically-repaired right knee. The club hasn't revealed a timetable for his return, but late August seems reasonable.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 02:58:00 PM

Wilson Betemit (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment next Tuesday with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate.

It's been a long road back for Betemit, who had surgery to repair a PCL tear in his right knee in April, but he's finally ready for game action. The Orioles have received very little production out of the DH spot this year, so a healthy Betemit could be useful down the stretch.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Nate Karns
4Alex Colome
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Moore
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7C.J. Riefenhauser
8Brandon Gomes
9Xavier Cedeno
10Kirby Yates
11Andrew Bellatti