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Betemit, Ford ready to move up in rehab

Betemit, Ford ready to move up in rehab

Betemit, Ford ready to move up in rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Lew Ford and designated hitter Wilson Betemit continue to progress in their respective rehab assignments, and the pair will move on from the Orioles' Gulf Coast League club to play for the team's other affiliates early this coming week.

Ford, who had sports hernia surgery, was cleared for baseball activities last month and will head to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday. Betemit, who has yet to play this season after suffering a right knee injury in Spring Training, will report to Class A Frederick on Monday.


"He's making progress," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Betemit, who has been tentative running but otherwise gotten good reports. "It's just time to get him in a different environment, some lights and some people in the stands. Just another step."

Betemit went 6-for-16 with two doubles and three RBIs in five GCL games, and the Orioles remain optimistic he will be able to rejoin the club at some point this season. Projected to be the club's Opening Day designated hitter against right-handed pitching, Betemit posted a .302/.357/.502 line against righties in 2012.

Ford played in 21 games this season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk and hit .228 with three homers and 10 RBIs. The 35-year-old spent 25 games with the Orioles last year and hit .183 with three homers and four RBIs.

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.