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Orioles' Betemit out 6-8 weeks with knee injury

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 6:20pm  ET

Baltimore Orioles coaches help move Wilson Betemit after he collapsed between first and second base during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit estimates he'll be out for six to eight weeks because of a tear in his right knee.

Betemit was hurt Monday while running the bases in an exhibition game and had an MRI. He was diagnosed with a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament.

Betemit said Tuesday that he's glad he won't need surgery.

The 31-year-old Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs last season with Baltimore. He played third base, first base and the outfield, and also was a designated hitter.

Betemit has played for Atlanta, the Dodgers, the Yankees, the White Sox, Kansas City and Detroit.


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