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April 21, 2009

Orioles: Pregame Dave

Manager Dave Trembley made it clear during his pregame news briefing that Brad Bergesen is not here as a spot starter.

"It's a big night for the organization with Bergesen making his first start,'' Trembley said. "He was the guy we all agreed was the closest (rotation prospect) to breaking with the club. We sent him to Norfolk to work on some things.

"This is not a tryout. It's not a one-time deal. He's in the rotation."

Somebody asked Trembley what would constitute a successful night for Bergesen tonight.

"Not having to hand me the ball,'' he replied.

He also gave a quick rundown of the injury and roster situation, explaining that Lou Montanez is not in town yet and will start tomorrow night's game against left-hander John Danks. Ryan Freel returned from Boston today and will be examined by the team physician before there will be full disclosure of the extent of the head injury he suffered in Monday's game at Fenway Park.

Trembley announced that Rich Hill will leave on an injury rehab assignment to one of the minor league affiliates at the end of this week. He can stay down a month after he reports, and he'll probably use most of that month since the club wants him to make at least three or four starts and build up to more than 100 pitches.

The Orioles manager said he isn't worried about how the club will bounce back after the four-game sweep in Boston.

"I believe everybody is experienced enough to know that ups and downs are part of the game,'' he said. "I don't think we're the only team in the major leagues that's having trouble with pitching. But we need to pitch better."

The Felix Pie experiment came up in the conversation, as it probably will fairly regularly over the next few weeks, and Trembley gave the first hint that he may not necessarily be the everyday starter in left field through the All-Star break.

"I'll do what's best for him and the team,'' Trembley said, "and observe the situation closely."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:21 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Just baseball


Bummer. I was hoping Pie would play all nine innings of every single game regardless of the circumstances just because I enjoy reading what the whiners who don't understand rebuilding have to say about it.

Huge night for the O's!!!

Has Pie played bad enough to make it through Waivers? Maybe the longer we give him a shot, the more he fails and makes it through waivers.

But if Reimold keeps playing well do we even care if Pie makes it through waivers?

Reimold Jones Markakis outfield does not sound to shabby.

Music to our ears. Either the fan outcry has been loud enough or he see's exactly what the majority of people are seeing.

It's about time they gave a "hint" Pie may not continue to be the everyday starter...he can't even catch a cold.


I think the plan for Hill is very prudent and hopefully will pay off, as we need everyone that can help. I was watching the Reds play last night on the MLB package and was wondering if thier RF Darnell McDonald is one and the same Darnell McDonald once in the O's system. Also of note that after 17 years of MLB service Author Rhodes was still pitching well at about 94 MPH for the Reds too!

Pete's reply: It is the same Darnell McDonald, and he's not doing too bad.

Pie has gotten 34 ABs. Wow what are we the freaking Cubs? I think everyone knew going in that Pie needed time.

Hey remember that first month for Markakis? I'll remind everyone he hit a whopping .182 in his first 66 ABs.

Where is everyone having an issue with Izturis and his .171? Zaun .118?

Too badLY

Hi Pete,

So Hill, if all things go well for him will probably be up in a month. Make a prediction. Does go into Hedrickson's spot or Eaton's? I can't see Eaton lasting a month and if he doesn't who do you think will take his spot?

Pete's reply: The one who lasts a month.

Well I guess that means we've seen the last of Alredo Simon if Bergesen is in the rotation, which I'm very happy that he is in the rotation.

I'm happy to hear that Hill is progressing. I think he will surprise some people when he gets in the rotation.

People need to relax about Felix Pie. He needs to have at least a couple months to get adjusted to being a regular starter. Remember...Markakis and Jones both struggled in their first month with the Orioles. Pie has a lot of talent, lets give him a chance. If he doesn't work out by the All Star break, then we can give up on him and bring up Reimold.

It's not like Reimold is the difference between us winning 70 and 90 games this year...unless he can pitch.


XD23, the reason there isn't clamor for Iztuis' bad start is because the fans know they don't really have a better option at the moment. There is no Lou Montanez or Nolan Reimold at shortstop waiting in the wings in the minors who can come up and make the team better.

Dennis, I feel Eaton will be gone first. Hendrickson has actually been pretty good in his three starts, he just needs his defense to not commit 100 errors an inning when he's on the mound. In Texas he only allowed 2 ER and in Boston the O's couldn't make even the simplest of outs, resulting in the loss (and even then, it was the bullpen that allowed the game to get out of hand).

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