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June 15, 2011

O's to recall Berken, place Simon on DL (updated)

The Orioles today will recall right-handed reliever Jason Berken from Triple-A Norfolk. He is expected to be available tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.

To make room on the roster, the Orioles will place reliever Alfredo Simon on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He is being re-evaluated when he gets to the park today.

At Norfolk, Berken has been used in the starting rotation, but will serve as a long reliever for the Orioles.

He was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four starts for the Tides, allowing 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 15 in 16 1/3 innings. He was 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in 15 outings for the Orioles before being demoted.

Simon is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in five relief appearances for the Orioles this season. Over 14 1/3 innings, he has struck out 15 while allowing 13 hits and six walks.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 2:17 PM | | Comments (7)


I surely would not like to be the new pitching coach. It seems that there should be a way to determine if a pitcher can handle major league batters before he can be brought up. If not, go buy a pitcher who can. Stop rewarding minor leaguers by paying them outlandish salaries.

Jeff: Since the staff (except Guthrie, Gregg, Accorda and Koji) now includes almost everyone who has been at Norfolk, why are the Os waiting to make Mike Griffin, currently the Tides pitching coach, their guy? He sure knows more than Terry Crowley and would have to be more help in the bullpen in terms of getting people ready etc..

Jeff Z's reply: There are some guys on Triple-A Norfolk's p pitching staff (Tillman and Bergesen to name two) that the organization is still heavily invested in. Griffin has worked with those two guys before and I think there is a sense of not wanting to upset the apple cart too much and take away a valuable resource from the Triple-A guys. With that being said, it wouldn't surprise me if Griffin is a viable candidate going forward.

Jeff i know every club in baseball has had injuries but the orioles look like a mash unit. How on earth can you get any consistency when you are constantly changing rosters. This whole franchise just seems to be down right cursed. Maybe the teams that have more depth then we do get by but we barely can put 9 good regulars out on the field.

Jeff Z's reply: And not just in the majors either. It seems like every other day, another of their prospects goes down for a while down on the farm.

Jeff, does baseball in general have to start a different traing regime in regards to there teams.This isn't just happening to the orioles, and but this trend has gone way to far and to long to just be something that you have to live with. I bet if you took a hard look at the teams that have to play in cold and damp weather in the spring have way more injuries then teams that play in warm climate. I think when camp breaks and teams come North players tweak hamstrings, groins, and pitchers can't can't really get warm.

Jeff Z's reply: It's certainly something that teams have discussed. Some people think certain clubs are too easy on the players in spring training, and these guys aren't pushed enough down in Florida or Arizona to get ready for the season. I'm not sure what the answer is, but there are too many guys getting hurt not to be concerned about it.

Jeff: When do the O's make a change at 2nd base for Andino? Enough is enough. The guy seems to constantly make big errors and cannot get a clutch hit to save his life. He has had his opportunity. Don't you think it is time to give someone else a shot at playing everyday? It cannot be much worse.

blancy, relative to the other teams in the division, the Orioles can barely put 9 good regulars out there when everyone is healthy.

think the o's will take a chance on kazmir or is he so horrible at this point even the o's wouldn't pick him up? angels are eating his salary, seems like a good chance to take?

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