When is Bergy Coming Back?

Before Friday's game against the White Sox in Chicago Dave Trembley confirmed the Orioles still plan to see Brad Bergesen pitch again in the big leagues before the end of the season.

The problem is, Bergesen has yet to start a throwing program in Sarasota.

The rookie was shipped to Florida last week hoping his bruised shin bone would feel good enough in the next day or two to begin throwing. Almost a week later he still hasn't picked up a baseball.

Trembley said the reason is, Bergesen still can't run on his injured leg. Until he can run, the throwing program can't begin. The Orioles trainers are holding out hope that will happen in the next day or two.

Before Bergesen's injury he was the most consistent starter in the O's rotation. Once he became injured, the Orioles brought Brian Matusz up to replace him. At that point it appeared the club was leaning toward going to a six man rotation in September when rosters expand. Bergesen would be the sixth man once he rejoins the team.

If Bergesen is still a few weeks away from rejoining the team, we could see the O's bring up a guy like Chris Waters from Triple A so they still can go to a six man rotation. They'll need somebody to eat up innings and take the strain off the young arms.
Andy MacPhail is very conscious of how many innings his rookies are pitching right now. He wants to be very careful to not allow the rookies (especially Matusz who has never pitched a full season of professional baseball) to throw many more innings this year than they did last year.

Keep an eye on how the Orioles use Matusz in the month of September. I'm predicting they will be very sparing with their first round draft pick. There no need to risk wearing his arm out now when the team is in last place.