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June 21, 2010

Was Bergesen good enough?

Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz said that he wanted Brad Bergesen to earn a promotion and Saturday's start against the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards.

We'll find out exactly what he considers "earning it" in the days ahead when the Orioles reveal the starter for that game.

Working on three days rest for Triple-A Norfolk against Lehigh Valley today, Bergesen allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking our four in five innings. He threw 85 pitches before giving way to Mike Hinckley.

If it's not Bergesen, the Orioles could opt to give Chris Tillman another start, and I know there is also some thought being given to using a long reliever, likely Mark Hendrickson or Jason Berken, to start that night. The Orioles have an off day next Monday, so they can use a spot starter on Saturday and then go right back to a four-man rotation.

In that situation, they wouldn't need a fifth starter again until Saturday, July 3 in Boston. By then, Bergesen would get at least one more outing under his belt at Triple-A to try to fix some of his issues.

Outfielder Felix Pie went 0-for-4 while serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast Orioles today. He'll get two more Gulf Coast games in before probably reporting to Single-A Frederick.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 9:25 PM | | Comments (3)


what's the harm in leaving bergeson down there to hopefully work his way back to form.85 pitches in 5 innings against AAA hitters? Not known for their patience are they?

The Tiger just sent Porcello down because he needed to figure it out at AAA. So does Bergeson. And maybe Tillman.

Let these guys pitch every 5th day somewhere. If they're good enough they'll figure it out.

Agreed, Jim. They are trying so hard to figure out a winning combination, it feels like they are sometimes grasping at straws.

Let Bergeson, Tillman, and Wieters, maybe even Jones, spend some time in AAA and clear their heads, get on a roll and come up later. These guys all have talent, that much is without question. But forcing them to try to work things out on the major league level in the midst of a historically bad season could be counterproductive.

Jeff in your other posting you talked about the so called calvary that was suppose to save this franchise.Have you ever heard of the little big horn and the 7th calvary, you know what happened to custer in that battle don't you. That was the main flaw in andy's grand plan to save this organization ,you can't put the entire success or failure of this team on 5 young starters, no team can. Grow the arms and buy the bats you know how all of this is working out don't you. Andy should be ashamed of himself for allowing this team to be even more futile then it was before. What ashame.

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