Orioles: The Bergesen quandary
Don't get me wrong. I want Brad Bergesen back in the major league rotation as soon as possible, but I want the 2009 Brad Bergesen who drove hitters crazy with his great command and beguiling pitch selection, not the guy whose confidence took a beating in his first three starts of 2010.
That's why I wonder if it's too soon to bring him back to face the Red Sox on Saturday, even after a solid start for Triple-A Norfolk that seemed to show that he had corrected some issues with his mechanics.
You saw his face as he walked off the mound after his last start. He was clearly confused and devastated. I don't know if you get your confidence back with one minor league performance, and I don't know if you're going to get it back facing a team like the Red Sox in your first game back.
If I was making the decision, I think I'd throw somebody else out there for a spot start and let Bergesen wrap one more minor league lineup around his finger before bringing him back.
Of course, that's problematic because the Orioles are not going to bring Jake Arrieta up for one start and send him back, so they would have to go to a lesser option. That's why it looks like they'll rush back Bergesen.