Betemit's surgery unlikely to delay recovery

Betemit's surgery unlikely to delay recovery

ST. PETERSBURG -- Wilson Betemit had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right knee, a procedure done by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore and one that was not expected to alter Betemit's timetable.

"He's doing well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Betemit, who was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament tear sustained in a game March 25. "PCL looks like it's going to heal. A couple things they just kind of cleaned up a little bit, but nothing major. Nothing from the procedure will set back his recovery time. Everything they were hoping to find they found."

Betemit is not sure what caused the injury -- which came while he was running back from second base -- but it was a frightening sight as his knee buckled and he went down to the ground. He was carted off the field and told reporters the following morning that his recovery time would be six to eight weeks.

"I did not ask if that means, 'Does that mean he's playing in a Major League game then, or before he starts baseball activities?'" Showalter said. "I just know we aren't going to be thinking about him before that time period. It could come a little quicker. But they don't think it will be longer than that. If it comes a little quicker, he could start baseball activity a little more. If you eyeball the injury and everything, it's really a positive thought to think he's going to be playing full speed. I just love the fact that he didn't really have to have any major surgery, should recover. I would never have dreamed that when it first happened."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.