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March 25, 2011

Pitching prospect Berry doubtful for start of minor league season

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Berry, the Orioles’ ninth best prospect according to Baseball America, will have a ganglion cyst drained from his right shoulder tomorrow and is unlikely to be ready for the start of the minor league season.

Berry, 22, went a combined 2-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) between Single-A Delmarva and Single-A Frederick last season. He was tentatively scheduled to begin the season at Double-A Bowie, but he’ll likely be behind his other teammates.

The cyst, according to Orioles Director of Player Development John Stockstill, is “associated” with the shoulder injury that Berry had as a collegian at Rice University. Berry was considered first or second-round talent but a strained shoulder in the spring before the 2009 draft caused him to fall into the ninth round, where the Orioles selected him and signed him to an above slot $417,600 deal.

Berry has been shutdown for the last seven to 10 days after having some shoulder discomfort. An arthrogram taken Monday revealed the cyst. Team officials are hoping that Berry will be able to resume throwing next week.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 12:26 PM | | Comments (4)


we need to get him and his glasses up to the major leagues STAT!

Ganglion is not something to take pride in.

Why is everybody implying that bergy's rotation spot is in question? I've seen roch and some Sun writer say he really needed a good start yesterday. Why? he finished the year strong last year and the new pitching coach is making him use his fastball when his sinker is his best pitch.

Hey John, did you notice how Buck named his No 1, 2 and 4 starters, and lumped in Bergesen with Tillman, Britton and Drese as other guys competing? Maybe that's why Roch and the Sun guys wrote what they wrote.
Just maybe...

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