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August 18, 2008

Olson, Sarfate out

Dave Trembley said during his pre-game news conference that Garrett Olson and Dennis Sarfate have been removed from the starting rotation. Friday's starter against the Yankees, however, will not be announced for at least another day or two.

Olson and Sarfate will remain in the bullpen for the moment, though Trembley would not rule out a minor league assignment for Olson, whose confidence -- and the club's confidence in him -- clearly has been shaken by a string of very shaky starts.

"I think we had to do something to be fair to the team and to be fair to Olson,'' Trembley said.

I've been pushing for Bowie's Brad Bergesen to be the Friday starter, but the O's might go back to either Radhames Liz or Brian Burres, who both have pitched very well at Norfolk since being demoted from the big club. Bergesen's non-roster status could be a stumbling block until Sept. 1.

Injury update: Adam Jones will be reexamined today and could be off crutches if all goes well. Matt Albers is close to pitching off the mound and could throw in a simulated situation in a week or so.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:23 PM | | Comments (14)
        

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Five bucks says it's Liz (or at least not someone currently in AA).

PETE!

It's Brad Bergesen, man.


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Pete's reply: I'm screwing up everybody's first name today. Go with it.

BRIAN Bergeson?

Shaken by a series of shaky starts?

I smell a Pulitzer!

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Pete's reply: Nothing gets by you people. I've blown two first names today. They have been corrected.

I thought it was Brad Bergesen

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Pete's reply: I'm chastened.

Isn't it Brad Bergesen, not Brian? Are you sure they aren't going with a three man rotation? With Waters' performances currently at one good, one bad, one mediocre I guess he gets at least another shot, which is only fair.

I saw a stat a couple weeks ago that Burres was in the top 10 in the AL for batting average against for the third time through the lineup. I was surprised he made it that far often enough to be counted. Maybe he could just start with the third time through and skip the first two.

That would be BRAD Bergesen.

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Pete's reply: Thanks. Don't think I don't appreciate everyone reading so carefully. This is an open audition to be my copy editor.

Now that they officially pulled Olson from the rotation, I go back to my original opinion of Liz and Cormier for the 4th and 5th starters unitl the Sept. call-ups,esp. if they put Olson in the pen. Let Bergeson pitch in the playoffs and then get called up.

Pete, any good rumors on the trade front now that many of the O's have passed through waivers? Can't believe Huff or Mora would not attract attention and yield a few decent prospects as long as the O's eat some of the money.

Olson out of the starting rotation? Duh.

Bring in Brad. I'm tired of Burres and Liz right now. Sorry to say it, but they had their chance to show something. Now let someone else have a chance.

Hey pete maybe you should just stick to posting baseball because i don't think you want to be honest concerning the ravens. You would have lost your steak dinner bet with me. 8 ravens reported to practice today because they were in shorts???

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Pete's reply: Why wouldn't I want to be honest about the Ravens?

Pete i am just giving you a hard time, i guess it gets frustrating when you have a valid point that goes against the flow.

Cintron has got to go. It is a lot easier to compensate for a no hitting shortstop than to overcome all of these late inning errors. I couldn't understand how someone with such a high lifetime avg was in the minors when we got him. Now I know.

hey Pete...
I think Olsen would have had a better chance of staying in the majors if he pitched slower in the later innings than trying to throw fast balls by hitters with a tired arm....this make sense to you?

But Pete,
Isnt that the way Flanny pitched?

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