Even in the month of September, the Dan Duquette roster merry-go-ground spins. On Monday, Wilson Betemit's time on the ride ran out as he was designated for assignment to make room for Henry Urrutia to be activated from the restricted list.
Urrutia was on the restricted list for the duration of the series in Toronto, because his visa will not let him travel to Canada. At that time, the Orioles added Dan Johnson to the roster. What is the point of Johnson? Who knows? He will probably be the primary left-handed bat for the rest of the season. The Orioles are sending Urrutia to Sarasota.
Betemit was on the disabled list for most of the season and was hitless in ten at-bats after he returned. He never seemed to have recovered from the torn PCL that he suffered in spring training. He looked like he would not be getting any hits this season and he looked like he was only activated because his rehab time ran out. During his minor league rehab, he did not exactly look like he belonged to be playing anywhere.
He had no place in the field and no place at the plate. In one version of this season, he might have been the Orioles' designated hitter against right-handed pitchers. The injury took that away. Betemit still made $1.75 million this season, so don't feel too bad for him.