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Betemit feeling good in rehab process

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BALTIMORE -- Wilson Betemit was in the Orioles' clubhouse on Sunday morning to get checked out by the team's physicians, and he was in good spirits following the arthroscopic procedure on his right knee last week, which revealed nothing new injury-wise.

"[The surgeon] said everything's good inside," said Betemit, who was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 PCL sprain. "When I got hurt, I thought it was worse than what I've got right now. I thought I was going to have [major] surgery, but they told me it was good news. I just had the little surgery a couple days ago. And I feel much better."

Betemit will be re-evaluated in about a month -- when he reaches the six-week mark with the injury -- and will head back to the team's spring facility on Wednesday. His initial timetable for return is 6-8 weeks.

"I'm feeling real good, much better," he said. "The inflammation has gone down, and now I'll go back to Florida and do my exercises and see what happens."

Betemit will be joined by second baseman Brian Roberts (hamstring strain), who will head to Sarasota at some point on Sunday, leaving the team as it prepares to take off for a two-city road trip to Boston and New York.

"You never want to see a guy get injured, but the news we got back was about as good as you can expect, with the potential that was there for something wrong," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of both Betemit and Roberts' injuries. "Robby and I had a talk in the dugout, he's already got a date targeted. Wilson, you can tell by his face that he's [feeling good]."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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