Bergesen will start vs. the Pirates

You can just tell Brad Bergesen’s been waiting a long time for this interview, the one where the media actually talk about him pitching in a game, instead of how his last flat ground session went.

“Im looking forward to it,” Bergesen said Wednesday’s start, his first game action since July 30 of last season. “Obviously, it’s been a long time coming.”

Bergesen got positive reports back on his live batting practice session on Monday, and also got to practice his fielding, a thought that hadn’t really crossed his mind until Michael Aubrey and Lou Montanez sent his pitches right back at him.

“It kind of caught me offguard,” Bergesen said of the balls, one of which hit his leg and one which he caught.  “But hopefully that did the trick and I’ll be ready to go.”

Bergesen said the Orioles plan with him will be similar to the other starter’s first go-around, two innings or around 35 pitches.

“So I’m happy about it,” Bergesen said.

Bergesen has been slowed this spring by a strained right shoulder
capsule suffered while filming a team commercial in December, and
Wednesday will mark the first time he has taken the mound in a game since being struck with the ball on his left shin during that July 30 start.

After several successful flat mound sessions, Bergesen has been throwing off the mound the last 10 days and said he is becoming more comfortable.

A pleasant surprise last year, Bergesen was 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19
starts before the shin injury ended his season. He is projected to be
part of a rotation that includes Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian
Matusz and Chris Tillman.

Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates will start at 7:05, with Ed Smith Stadium’s gates open two hours prior to first pitch. 

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