Bergesen here, Socolovich optioned

Seeking to bolster an overworked bullpen, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Brad Bergesen prior to Tuesday’s game, optioning Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Norfolk in his place.

Bergesen last pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday and has pitched to a 2.35 ERA in his last 10 games. Overall, the 26-yearold Bergesen has gone 4-3 in 22 games (10 starts) allowing 90 hits and 23 walks for 42 runs (36 earned runs). He has also struck out 41 over that 80 1/3-inning stretch.

“It was a real surprise,” Bergesen said of his first Major League time this season. “I was about to fall asleep [Monday night] and then I got the phone call about 12:30, 1 o’clock last night.  [Triple-A Manager Ron Johnson] called me, [and said] ‘You’re going up. Come get your bag. You’ve got a 9:30 flight.’

Bergesen is a career 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA  in the big leagues and is expected to be used as the right-handed long man –if necessary—behind Tuesday’s lefty starter Zach Britton, who is making his season debut. To make room on the 40-man roster, Nick Johnson (right wrist injury) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

“I felt bad, didn’t’ really want to send Socolovich out, but he was kind of dead in the water for a couple days,” said manager Buck Showalter, who used the right-hander for 2 1/3 innings in Monday’s game.  “Obviously with any pitcher, but especially a young pitcher starting the season [in Britton] you want to be able to be covered as much say you can. You want to have a long guy that’s able to go long, and of the possibilities we had there, Bergy was the best option.”

The Orioles also officially recalled Britton from Triple-A Norfolk, placing Robert Andino on the disabled list to make room on the roster. The team will make another move to officially recall Wednesday’s starter, Tommy Hunter, from Triple-A so Bergesen’s stay could be brief.

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