Bergesen optioned to Triple-A Norfolk; Viola expected to be recalled; Matusz starts Wednesday
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after tonight’s game that a decision on whose rotation spot Brian Matusz would take would be made “down the road.” About an hour later, the answer became pretty clear.
After tonight’s game, the Orioles optioned Brad Bergesen, who allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, to Triple-A Norfolk. Bergesen was 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) for the Orioles.
Double-A Bowie reliever Pedro Viola is expected to be recalled before Sunday’s series finale, but his big league stay will likely be a short one with Matusz in line to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday and start that afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.
It was believed all along that Matusz would take the spot of either Bergesen or Chris Tillman. Neither pitched particularly well over the previous two days here as Bergesen allowed nine hits and walked two, while Tillman surrendered two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 6-2 loss to Oakland Friday night.
Tillman is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 10 starts this season. He’s actually allowed one earned run or less in five of his past six starts, but he’s made it past the fifth inning in just one of those outings. He’s gone six innings or more in three of his 10 starts.
Bergesen pitched a complete game shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 14, but the rest of his season has been a struggle. The Orioles are 1-8 in his nine starts and Bergesen has allowed 30 earned runs on 58 hits and 15 walks over 50 1/3 innings. He’s also gone six innings or more in just three of his 10 outings this season.