ARLINGTON — Orioles manager Buck Showalter was winding down from Friday’s night game, getting ready to leave the clubhouse, when he saw one player still remaining: Henry Urrutia.
Showalter went over to the 26-year-old outfielder, who officially had his contract purchased from Triple-A Norfolk prior to the game but did not play, and said coyly: “What do you think, three or four days you might be ready?”
Urrutia — who smiled as he told his new manager no — had waited long enough.
The Cuban native made his much-anticipated Major League debut as expected Saturday night, and while it remains to be seen if Urrutia’s second-half arrival will spark the Orioles — much like Manny Machado’s did last August — No. 51 had no problem fitting in for a 17-hit offensive onslaught.