February 27th, 2010

Monday's Intrasquad lineup

The pitching lineups for Monday’s intrasquad game will be as follows:

Orange team: Chris Tillman, Mike Hinckley, Wilfrido Perez, Ross Wolf, Choyre Spoone, Josh Perrault and Brandon Erbe

Black team: Jake Arrieta, Jim Johnson, Luis Lebron, Troy Patton, Armando Gabino, Frank Mata

The game is slated to start at 12:30 on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium and will be free and open to the public. The team is asking for small donations to the Boys & Girls club, and will be putting on a free clinic for the local B&G chapter following the game.

Manager Dave Trembley said yesterday the team’s regular position players will probably play three innings.     

Updated: Bergesen Throws off the Mound

It’s downpouring and windy, but luckily I was the only reporter with the foresight to bring an umbrella.  The reporters watched from a small awning as Brad Bergesen threw to Matt Wieters amid backup catcher Chad Moeller announcing, “Ladies and gentleman, Brad Bergesen.”

Bergesen looked comfortable in his first mound session since injuring his shoulder. He tossed a normal length session under the watchful eye of pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

“It was like he didn’t miss a beat,” Kranitz said.”If you told me he hadn’t thrown in five months, I would have said, ‘You’re a liar.’ He was good.”

Bergersen threw 28 pitches, mostly fastballs, although Kranitz said he was pushing to throw more. The 24-year-old Bergesen estimated he was throwing at about 75 percent and was pleasantly surprised with his location and sink.

“I was a little surprised about it, didn’t know what to expect,” Bergesen said of his first mound toss since the fateful commercial in December. “I was just getting up there and getting the cobwebs out of there, but I was able to get the ball down and throw my two seamer.”

Added Wieters: “He had his sink back already, he was able to locate the fastball which is the biggest thing coming back [and] getting back on the mound.”

Manager Dave Trembley said Bergesen’s session made a “gray day sunny” for him, and for now the plan is for Bergesen to throw two more side sessions before a live batting practice.

“I think we all just wanted to get through this phase,” Trembley said, following Saturday’s session.  “I was confident he was going to be OK, but the questions weren’t going to be answered fully until he got up on the mound.”

Given Bergesen’s impressive first go-around, Wieters said he “definitely” thought the right-hander would be ready for the beginning of the season.

“He’s going to get his work in for sure,” Wieters said.”Bergy’s a guy who has his command and he will be ready to go Day 1 [of the season].”

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Erbe Extras & Bergy's first mound session

I got a bunch of emails about my story on Brandon Erbe’s new delivery, so I thought I’d put up some pictures and notes that didn’t make it in. It’s raining and dreary here (on picture day), and the media won’t be allowed in the locker room for at least the next hour.

The Orioles will hit in the indoor cages and everyone who was expected to throw, such as Brad Bergesen, who was slated to throw for the first time off a mound, is still a go. I will have a story up on how that goes on the site later. 

Erbe1.jpg

Erbe2.jpg

Both of these pics are from Erbe’s bullpen session yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about his goals for the upcoming season…

“I wouldn’t say it’s a specific level. Obviously being in the Minor Leagues, you always want to get to the next step. For the Minor Leagues, for me, I want to get to Triple-A and than past there,obviously.

You want to make steps, I’m hoping to do that this year. But  I’m try to build off the consistency I was able to have last year. I was a lot more consistent with my outings and the starts and the results .”

Erbe has been pretty happy with his first few bullpens this spring, and talked at length about the importance of keeping his control.

“The control was my downfall, control and consistency,” he said. “They kind of go hand in hand. That’s why I’m taking a lot of effort right now to keep the ball down, I was up in the zone so much I gave up a lot of home runs [in the past.] and stuff like that. So, just keep the ball down and be more consistent from start to start. If I can do those things, I should be more successful. I’m just trying to keep those two things together.”

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