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Arizona claims Orioles pitcher Bergesen off waivers

Posted on 20 July 2012 by Luke Jones

After being designated for assignment for the second time this season earlier this week, Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen has found a new baseball home in Arizona.

As first reported by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, the Diamondbacks claimed the right-handed pitcher on waivers after Bergesen was removed from Baltimore’s roster on Wednesday to make room for starting pitcher Tommy Hunter. The Orioles hoped Bergesen would clear waivers like he did back in May, but the Diamondbacks will place him on their 40-man roster.

Pitching for Triple-A Norfolk this season, Bergesen was 4-3 with a 4.03 earned run average and one save in 22 games that included 10 starts. He allowed 90 hits, struck out 41, and walked 23 in 80 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old did not appear in a game for the Orioles this season.

Bergesen’s best season for the Orioles came in 2009 when he went 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19 starts as a rookie. However, a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Billy Butler struck the pitcher’s shin on July 30 of that season, ending his rookie campaign. That incident coupled with an offseason shoulder injury led to little success the next two seasons as Bergesen bounced back and forth between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk.

He ends his Orioles career with a 17-24 record and a 4.68 ERA in 83 games and 59 starts.

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Orioles activate Hunter, designate Bergesen for assignment

Posted on 18 July 2012 by WNST Staff


The Orioles Wednesday announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Norfolk and designated right-hander Brad Bergesen for assignment.

Hunter is 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA (81.0IP, 55ER) in 15 games (13 starts) over three stints with the Orioles this season. He is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA (19.1IP, 10ER) in three starts with the Tides.

Bergesen had his contract selected Tuesday. He went 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA (80.1IP, 36ER) in 22 games (10 starts) with the Tides this season.

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Orioles officially recall Britton, add Bergesen for bullpen help

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Luke Jones

The revolving roster door swung open again Tuesday as the Orioles officially recalled left-handed pitcher Zach Britton and purchased the contract of right-hander Brad Bergesen to add a fresh arm to a weary bullpen prior to the second of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Right-hander reliever Miguel Socolovich was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and second baseman Robert Andino was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Monday’s MRI revealed the infielder would miss at least three weeks with a left shoulder injury. To clear room for Bergesen on the 40-man roster, designated hitter Nick Johnson (right wrist) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Britton’s 2012 debut came much later than anyone expected after the 24-year-old opened the season on the disabled list with a nerve impingement in his left shoulder. Upon being activated on June 6, the left-hander was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk where the Orioles wanted to see him continue to build arm strength as well as work on commanding his breaking pitches better.

In eight starts with the Tides, Britton was 4-1 with a 4.15 earned run average over 47 2/3 innings. In his final tuneup in Triple A on July 12, he pitched seven shutout innings while striking out six and allowing four hits in a 7-0 victory for the Tides.

The addition of Bergesen brings a fresh arm to a tired Baltimore bullpen that pitched 7 1/3 innings Monday in an embarrassing 19-7 loss to the Twins. He is 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA in 80 1/3 innings over 22 games (10 starts) with Triple-A Norfolk this season.  He has pitched to a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings out of the bullpen this season, including a 2.35 clip in his last 10 appearances since June 9.

Socolovich made his major league debut on Saturday and allowed four earned runs in four innings of work for the Orioles.

With Jim Thome now holding down the designated hitter duties for the Orioles, Johnson’s future with the club remains in doubt, but he’s been on the disabled list since June 28 and has a history of chronic wrist issues.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter will make Wednesday’s start in Minnesota, meaning the Orioles will be making yet another roster move in the next 24 hours.

Given how poorly the Orioles have pitched in recent weeks, the barrage of moves feels like little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking Titantic with so few appealing options at their disposal.

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Moyer throws five shutout innings in Norfolk debut

Posted on 10 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Jamie Moyer and Brad Bergesen combined on a two-hit shutout as the Tides blanked the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 Saturday evening.

Moyer (1-0) was brilliant in his Tides’ debut, as he yielded one single while striking out five in five innings of work. The 49-year-old, who was signed by Baltimore as a free agent earlier this week, did not walk a batter while throwing 52 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

Bergesen tossed the final four innings of the contest to register his first career save. He struck out one and walked one, and he’s now 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA over his last six outings – five of which have been starts.

Norfolk scored all of its runs in the fifth inning, as the Tides sent eight men to the plate against Jenrry Mejia (0-1). The big hit of the inning was a three-run homer by Lew Ford, his fourth home run of the season.

Brian Roberts and Bill Hall each had two hits apiece for Norfolk.

The two clubs will square off again Sunday afternoon, with first pitch slated for 1:05. Left-hander Zach Britton (1-0, 6.00) will take the mound for Norfolk against right-hander Dylan Owen (3-3, 5.32).

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Orioles place Reynolds on DL, summon veteran Bill Hall to Baltimore

Posted on 12 May 2012 by WNST Staff


The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Bill Hall from Triple-A Norfolk and placed infielder Mark Reynolds on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, retroactive to May 11.

Hall, 32, is batting .222/.269/.381 with two home runs and seven RBI in 15 games with the Tides after signing as a minor league free agent on April 25. He had a nine-game hitting streak, April 28-May 6. Hall set career-highs with 35 home runs and 85 RBI in 2006 with Milwaukee. He will wear uniform number 35.

Reynolds, 28, is batting .191/.324/.337 with two home runs and nine RBI in 27 games for the Orioles this season. He has hit safely in five of his last seven games, batting .348/.484/.739 with five extra-base hits in that time.

To make room for Hall on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated right-handed pitcher Brad Bergesen for assignment.

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Orioles shut down Japanese pitcher Wada

Posted on 21 April 2012 by Luke Jones

With starting pitcher Brian Matusz struggling in his first three starts of 2012, it looked like the Orioles might eventually turn to Japanese newcomer Tsuyoshi Wada in the near future, but that will no longer be the case.

The club announced Saturday it has shut down Wada’s rehab assignment, and the left-handed pitcher will return to Baltimore to see team doctors. Wada has been on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury and reportedly was dealing with neck spasms during a disastrous rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. Wada gave up six earned runs and walked four in just 2 2/3 innings in his only start for the Tides.

Wada was considered the primary option to potentially replace Matusz at the major league level, but there is no timetable for the injured pitcher to resume throwing. Starters Brad Bergesen (8.49 earned run average in 11 2/3 innings) and Chris Tillman (4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings) haven’t exactly excelled in their first three starts in the starting rotation for the Tides, meaning manager Buck Showalter might be more inclined to turn to journeyman Dana Eveland (2.41 ERA in 18 2/3 innings) or Jason Berken (0.60 ERA in three starts covering 15 innings) if the Orioles decide to demote Matusz in the near future.

Even if the Orioles weren’t planning to replace Matusz with Wada in the starting rotation, the 31-year-old rookie was considered the most logical choice for a long-relief role in the bullpen, which currently lacks a pitcher who can throw multiple innings at a time.


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Roberts, Britton to begin year on 15-day DL; Orioles make more spring cuts

Posted on 26 March 2012 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, manager Buck Showalter and the Orioles continue to sort out which 25 players they’ll be taking north to open the season against the Minnesota Twins on April 6.

Second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion symptoms) and left-handed pitcher Zach Britton (left shoulder impingement) will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. The veteran infielder continues to progress from the concussion symptoms he’s dealt with for the better part of 18 months but is not ready to resume his role as the Baltimore second baseman. Britton is currently receiving platelet rich plasma therapy in hopes of rebuilding strength in his pitching shoulder and will likely be out until at least May.

The decision to place Roberts on the 15-day disabled list means he will remain on the 40-man roster. Some speculated Roberts would be placed on the 60-day list, but it appears he will travel with the club to Baltimore to get re-acclimated to a major league environment before potentially going on a minor league rehab assignment.

The Orioles trimmed their spring roster to 35 on Monday by optioning infielder Matt Antonelli and pitchers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk. They also reassigned pitchers Dontrelle Willis and Armando Gallaraga, catcher John Hester, infielder Steve Tolleson, and outfielder Scott Beerer to minor league camp.

The demotions of Antonelli and Tolleson make it apparent that Showalter will keep Rule 5 selection Ryan Flaherty as his utility infielder since Robert Andino will be the starting second baseman. The 25-year-old Flaherty is hitting .279 in 43 spring at-bats with one home run and eight runs batted in.

As for the starting rotation, it appears Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, and Tommy Hunter have locked up four of the five spots. Lefty Brian Matusz looks to be the favorite for the fifth spot, but Tsuyoshi Wada, Dana Eveland, and Chris Tillman remain in the mix over the final week and a half of spring training.

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Are the two Brians, Matusz and Roberts, close to returning?

Posted on 12 August 2011 by Peter Dilutis

BALTIMORE – Prior to Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Buck Showalter gave a brief Brian Roberts update.

Buck said Roberts hasn’t experienced any headaches in recent days, and it seems clear that the next step is Roberts receiving official clearance to start playing in games.

“I’m looking forward to him being cleared by the doctor and start playing in games,” Showalter said.

Personally, I was really starting to wonder what was going on with Roberts. He is due $20 million over the next two seasons, but at this point I find it unlikely the Orioles can rely on him to fill 2B next season without having a potential starter waiting in the wings.

Many fans have wondered about retirement. Would Roberts leave that money on the table if he felt he couldn’t effectively contribute, or if he was worried about health risks?

I’ve even read comments across the Internet landscape from fans wondering if the Orioles could perhaps void Roberts’ contract. That obviously is not going to happen, but this Roberts injury situation has clearly led to much speculation and angst among Orioles fans.

Hearing that the O’s longest tenured player is working towards potentially returning in 2011 is a big positive in my eyes. Seeing him back in the lineup, even if it would only be for a month or three weeks, would go a long way in determining what we could think about expecting from the second baseman in 2012 and 2013.

The Other Brian

Buck Showalter indicated that Brian Matusz and Brad Bergesen are the two pitchers in contention to start on Tuesday in place of Chris Tillman. Although Brad Bergesen has pitched well in his last two relief outings, giving up just one earned run in 7.1 innings, it is widely assumed that Matusz will be the one making the start.

Like Roberts, Matusz coming back and pitching effectively down the stretch of the season would be a huge positive heading into 2012.

The Orioles are in wait and see mode with Roberts and Matusz. Six weeks from now, these two players may very well have given O’s fans reason for optimism as the season winds down.

On the flip side, Matusz coming back up and pitching ineffectively would put the organization back at square one with regards to figuring out what to do with the promising left-hander.

In an otherwise putrid season with the vast majority of Baltimore sports fans switching their complete focus to the Ravens, there will at least be a few storylines for the diehard baseball fans to follow here in Charm City.

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Are the O’s on the verge of something special, rebuilding, or foolish?

Posted on 20 July 2011 by Peter Dilutis

“You’re either rebuilding for something special, or you’re on the verge of something special. To be in between is foolish.”

– Billy Beane

What a brilliant statement and philosophy.

In 2008 and 2009, it could have been argued that Andy MacPhail and the Orioles were rebuilding for something special. Fans pictured a 2011 season during which the O’s would contend for the pennant with a myriad of young, talented players that were going to both grow up and learn how to win together.

Where are they now? What are the Orioles doing at this point in time with regards to Beane’s statement?

Are the Orioles on the verge of something special? They have Hardy, Markakis, Jones, Wieters, Roberts, Reynolds, Reimold, Pie, and Andino signed up for at least the next two seasons. Matusz, Tillman, Bergesen, Britton, and Arrieta are going to be around for a while unless one or more of them are traded in the near future.

A core exists in Baltimore. The core that I just outlined consists of young players with different degrees of talent. Each and every name that I threw out there can have a role on a championship contending team.

However, at this point, it can reasonably be established that the current core of players cannot compete for championships without outside help.

Right now in 2011, the core, to a degree, is what it is. It’s solid, and the pitching will determine if the core becomes “good,” but even a good core will not compete by itself in the AL East.

Unfortunately for the Orioles, there is no legitimate superstar offensive player on the team. And at this point, it doesn’t appear that there is an ace among the current crop of young pitchers.

In order for the Orioles to be on the verge of something special, they are going to need to go out and bring outside, legitimate talent to Baltimore. And quite frankly, MacPhail doesn’t have much time to do so. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the young, cheap core that he has assembled will not be young and cheap forever. They will start to get older, more expensive, and closer to free agency as time goes on.

Putting hypotheticals aside, in their current state, are the Orioles on the verge of something special? I think an overwhelming majority would agree that the O’s are definitely not on the verge of something special.

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Live from Camden Yards: Gregg, Ortiz begin suspensions as Orioles welcome Boston to town

Posted on 18 July 2011 by Luke Jones

**Join us in the Orange Crush live chat at 7:00 as the Orioles welcome the Boston Red Sox to town for a three-game set**

BALTIMORE — For those anticipating Kevin Gregg-David Ortiz II with the Boston Red Sox rolling into town for a three-game series, they’ll have to wait.

Their suspensions were reduced to three games this afternoon, and both will begin their sentences tonight as the Orioles (38-54) hope to make it three wins in a row and extract some revenge after the Red Sox embarrassed them in a four-game sweep at Fenway Park prior to the All-Star break.

Gregg agreed to drop his appeal of a four-game suspension after Major League Baseball offered a three-game penalty starting Monday in Baltimore. The respective fines of Gregg and Ortiz were also reduced.

“It’s principle, I want to fight for principle,” Gregg said. “But at this point, in regards to the team, I’m trying to take the best interest of the team right now, using what MLB has presented.”

With Gregg serving his suspension against the Red Sox, manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles could go with a few different candidates to potentially to close, presumably Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, or the volatile Michael Gonzalez. Uehara, however, pitched in each of the final three games of the Cleveland series, making him unlikely to pitch in the opener against the Red Sox.

Gonzalez has not heard an update regarding his three-game suspension, but the lefty hopes to receive a reduction in the line of Gregg’s being reduced from four to three. He doesn’t expected there to be any further repercussions or bad blood over the three-game series against the Red Sox.

“It’s water under the bridge already,” Gonzalez said. “What was done was done. We’re over it, we’re starting a clean slate today, and we’ll go from there.”

The Orioles officially made an array of roster moves earlier in the day, placing Alfredo Simon on the restricted list as he deals with his legal matters in the Dominican. The club has recalled third baseman Josh Bell and selected the contract of reliever Mark Worrell from Triple-A Norfolk. Worrell will likely exit when Simon returns as early as Tuesday.

Bell is no stranger to Baltimore after playing 53 games for the Orioles last season. He was hitting .254 with 16 home runs and 47 runs batted in for the Tides prior to being recalled. However, the big third baseman also had 100 strikeouts in 343 at-bats.

Luke Scott will make his second start for Double-A Bowie on Monday night as they Baysox travel to Harrisburg. Scott homered in last night’s game and could be activated as soon as Tuesday when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. Bell or recently-promoted outfield Matt Angle would be the likely candidates to return to the minors in that scenario.

The Orioles will send Brad Bergesen to the hill against veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. It’s Bergesen’s first start in the big leagues since May 28 in what amounts to a golden opportunity for the 25-year-old sinkerballer to reclaim his spot in the starting rotation.

In seven career starts against the Red Sox, Bergesen is 2-3 with a 3.27 earned run average in 44 innings. He has the only complete-game shutout for the Orioles this season when he shut down the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-0 win on May 14.

The Orioles hope to put aside the nightmarish four-game series in Boston and keep the focus to what’s happening on the field — only this time with a better outcome.

“How you stand up to them is you play (better), you win,” Showalter said. “They’re good, they’re real good. … It’s not something they handicap beforehand. Nobody really cares.”

To hear more from Showalter, Gregg, and Gonzalez, visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

DH Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Kevin Youkilis
CF Josh Reddick
LF Carl Crawford
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
RF J.D. Drew
SS Marco Scutaro

SP Tim Wakefield (5-3, 4.74 ERA)

SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
1B Derrek Lee
3B Mark Reynolds
DH Nolan Reimold
LF Felix Pie
2B Robert Andino

SP Brad Bergesen (1-6, 5.65 ERA)

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