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The Orioles send Brad Bergesen down

Apr 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

Brad Bergesen turned a lot of heads with a nice little run when he came up last year, but then he took a comebacker at the end of July and didn’t pitch again all season. Then, this winter, he injured his shoulder while filming a television commercial. After three horrendous starts this season — he’s allowed 14 earned runs and has walked six guys in 10.1 innings — he’s being sent down to Norfolk.  The O’s have called up reliever Alberto Castillo to take his place.

The Orioles likely won’t need a fifth starter until May 1st. When they use one there’s no guarantee that it will be Bergesen, as both Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman are biding their time and probably deserve a shot. Arrieta has pitched better than Tillman so far, but it’s possible that the O’s will want to see Tillman first because he’s tall and has some major league experience and stuff.

  1. Matt - Apr 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    I heard Tillman’s bad early performance was based on him working on a new pitch and on perfecting his mechanics so people shouldn’t focus that much on his ERA early on in the minors.

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