The Baltimore Orioles placed third baseman Wilson Betemit, right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada on the disabled list just days before the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Betemit suffered a Grade 2/3 PCL tear in his right knee while running along the base paths earlier in the week. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list for now, but it is more likely that he will miss the first two months of the regular season. The Orioles will certainly miss their designated hitter, but they will be in good hands, as Nolan Reimold is expected to take over duties.
The 31-year-old Betemit batted .216 with two home runs, eight RBI and one double in 37 at-bats this spring.
Johnson has been unable to overcome a sore lat muscle this past week. The 25-year-old has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 23. There is a good chance Johnson will be out longer than 15 days as his back appears to be giving him plenty of issues. There is also a chance that when he does return healthy, Baltimore may start his season out in Triple-A so he can get back on track.
Johnson went 1-0 with a 3.46 earned run average and nine strikeouts in five games (three starts) in Spring Training. He was very successful last season in his first time in the big leagues as he went 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 12 appearances (four starts).
Wada is working his way back from undergoing Tommy John Surgery in May of last year for a torn ligament in his left elbow. He will begin the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list, but he is expected to make his Major League debut sometime in June.