NEW YORK -- Infielder Wilson Betemit and left-hander Zach Britton were slated to join the Orioles in New York on Friday afternoon, and they will be considered potential options for the American League Championship Series should Baltimore win Game 5 against the Yankees and advance.
Manager Buck Showalter said Betemit and Britton give the Orioles a bigger pool from which to pick players. The pair has been working out at the team's fall instructional league in Florida. Betemit, rehabbing from a nagging right wrist injury, has been serving as the designated hitter and playing the corner-infield spots. He hit .261/.322/.422 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 102 games with the Orioles this season.
Britton threw three innings in a simulated game on Tuesday. The 24-year-old lefty went 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA in 12 games (11 starts). Pitchers Jake Arrieta and Steve Johnson and position players Omar Quintanilla and Steve Tolleson -- who have all been traveling with the team during the AL Division Series -- are also options to be added to the 25-man ALCS roster.
Should the Orioles advance, they would head to Detroit to play Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS, which starts Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on TBS.
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