Betemit has missed the entire season (torn right PCL) and been working hard to make it back and help the Orioles, especially in the designated hitter spot.
"He's improved; he's getting there," Showalter said. "It's not something that just happens overnight. It's a lot better than it was when he first started."
Showalter said they could wait until Sept. 1, when the rosters can be expanded, but the Orioles would like Betemit's bat back since he's a big contributor. They'll need offense when heading to Boston this week for a key series with the Red Sox.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.