FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia is in Florida and is finally expected to report to the Orioles' spring facility in Sarasota to go through his physical in the next day or two.
"He's been in Haiti for quite a while," manager Buck Showalter said of Urrutia, who reached an agreement on a Minor League deal with a $778,500 bonus in July. "So there's a lot of unknown about what kind of shape he's in."
"He hasn't been paid yet, he hasn't been paid a penny til everyone passes [the physical]," Showalter added. "Look forward to getting him in. I know he is."
Urrutia, who turned 26 in February, is expected to be assigned to the Orioles' Minor League camp at Twin Lakes Park.
Listed as a 6-foot-3, 180-pound switch-hitter, Urrutia is a corner outfielder with a swing that produces a lot of line drives. The original plan when his signing was first reported was to have Urrutia start the season at Double-A, although that could change depending on what kind of shape he is able to get in this spring.
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