Tuesday’s opener of a three-game set between the Orioles (6-3) and New York Yankees (5-4) was postponed due to heavy rains in the Bronx. No makeup date has been announced, and rain is again in the forecast for Wednesday.
After much discussion over who would start Wednesday’s game — the recently-demoted Brad Bergesen or the man who replaced him, Chris Jakabauskas — Tuesday’s scheduled starter Chris Tillman will pitch Wednesday night, leaving the Orioles without the need for a fifth starter until Sunday in Cleveland.
The club wants to get Bergesen back on track after infrequent work at the end of spring training and the opening of the season, but the right-hander needs to pitch somewhere to do it, whether it’s with the Orioles or down at Norfolk. If Bergesen is recalled in place of the injured J.J. Hardy, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, he can work out of the bullpen before making Sunday’s starts against the Indians. Should he not work at all in long relief, it will have been 10 days since Bergesen last pitched.
The Orioles and Yankees are scheduled to return to the diamond at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night with Tillman facing New York’s scheduled starter for Tuesday, A.J. Burnett.
Tuesday marked the second time in five nights that the Orioles had a game postponed, the other coming last Friday at home against the Rangers.