Trying times for Bergesen this season
BALTIMORE — Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen isn’t going to lie: this
season has been the most trying of his career.
“Definitely my hardest year, by far,” said Bergesen, who is 3-4 with a
6.83 ERA and has twice been sent back down to Triple-A Norfolk.
“There’s no doubt there’s been times that I’ve struggled, [but] nothing
like this before,” Bergesen said. “When you find yourself getting into a
rut, [Major League] hitters they are seeing your stats, they walk in
with all the confidence in the world. So, it just makes it tough on a
regular basis to get yourself out of that hole, or out of that jam.”
Bergesen allowed five earned runs over four innings in his last outing
– which was his first start since being recalled from Norfolk — but
said he will take some positives out of the game against the Nationals
on June 26.
“It’s not a good outing whatsoever, but I felt good [physically],”
Bergesen said. “[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] told me it’s the best arm
angle he’s seen all year. So, you have to take the positives sometimes. I
was getting my ground balls, [just] a couple mistakes in certain
A sinkerball pitcher who lives on fastball movement, Bergesen had a fine
rookie campaign cut short last season, when he took a liner to the shin
on July 31. This spring, he worked his way back from a strained right
shoulder capsule suffered filming a team commercial in December, but
after three poor starts to open the year, he was sent to Triple-A to get
things straightened out. Bergesen was also placed in the O’s bullpen
temporarily to work out a mechanical issue, before being sent to the
Tides for a second time.
On Wednesday, Bergesen acknowledged that he’s learned it’s just as hard
to stay in the Major Leagues as it is to get there.
“I believe 100 percent that I should be at this level,” Bergesen said.
“I’m pretty confident right now. I’m going out there, thinking it’s a
fresh start every outing, and not carrying my last one with me, whether
it was good or bad. And just constantly looking ahead and working hard