Bergesen top candidate to join club if Guthrie goes to DL; Atkins also an option
Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who was removed from yesterday's game after five innings because of a back strain, is scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging taken this afternoon during a consultation with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens.
Whatever fault you can find with Guthrie, you can't question his toughness. The guy wants to be out there so his comments yesterday obviously aren't a good sign that he'll be able to make his next start.
The Orioles have already made a few contingency plans. As first reported by www.masnsports.com, Double-A Bowie left-hander Pedro Viola will join the club today if Guthrie goes on the DL. He'll likely be in for a short stay with the club and his purpose will be just to provide another bullpen arm through this weekend's series in Washington. The Orioles will need a starter on Tuesday to take Guthrie's spot, and that assignment would probably go to Brad Bergesen. He is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Norfolk.
He last pitched on Monday so he'd certainly have plenty of rest for that start. The Orioles could opt to get him in the mix sooner and move everybody back in the rotation as well.
Another option is Mitch Atkins, who is 1-2 with a 3.18 ERA in five starts for the Tides. He last started on Tuesday.