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Saturday's starter and Arrieta's timetable.

The Orioles skipped Brad Bergesen’s start with Monday’s off day and won’t need a fifth starter until Saturday against the Mets. Who gets that start will depend largely on what happens the rest of this week.

Jake Arrieta (who is scheduled to start Thursday in Norfolk) could make that start if the team has to use Bergesen in relief sometime this week. If not, Bergesen could make Saturday’s scheduled start. Arrieta’s dominance in Triple-A has all the Orioles starters on notice. It’s not a matter of if, but really when the team wants to call him up.

I’m hearing there’s an extra pitcher in Norfolk that is up from Bowie today, and it’s not official, but he’s largely thought to be taking Arrieta’s roster spot soon. As in, the next few days, soon.

Bergesen needs to demonstrate that his mechanics are straightened out and he can be effective on a consistent basis. I think it’s too early to give up on him. But Arrieta has been knocking on the door for a while. It’s time the Orioles see what he can do.  

Regardless, should be an interesting next few days.
 

Arrieta late scratch in Norfolk

Update: It’s looking like Arrieta isn’t coming up. He was on stand by as the Orioles entertained the thought of using him. I’m not sure what the thought process was. But he could pitch out of relief for the Tides to keep his arm on schedule.

This could be nothing. But as about 6:50 p.m. ET Jake Arrieta was still scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Norfolk. He was a very late scratch and I’m told he’s still with the team in the dugout right now. Could the call come soon? I think so. 

I’m told he was throwing in the bullpen and playing long toss, so it doesn’t appear to be an injury. If he was sick, he would be allowed to leave the game. It’s important to note that Brad Bergesen was moved to the bullpen and will be skipped for at least his next start. Very interesting stuff, given that president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail hinted at a pending roster move yesterday.

This is looking like a call-up scenario, possibly to help shore up the ‘pen and then to assume a rotation spot. Or he could pitch solely out of relief. I think a lot of that has to do how Bergesen reacts. Arrieta is 6-2 with a 1.91 ERA. If the Orioles do recall him, they will have to make a corresponding move on their 40-man since Arrieta is not on the roster. 

Bergesen to the 'Pen

At first, several reporters thought it was a joke since the players frequently like to alter the lineups to mess with the media. But Brad Bergesen’s name as available in relief was no joke. Interim manager Juan Samuel and Bergesen confirmed the move, which could be for the long term, although nothing is known for certain.

What we do know is Bergesen has struggled in his sophomore season and the Orioles off day on Monday affords them the luxury of skipping Bergesen and keep the rest of their starters on regular rest. But what happens next? Does Jake Arrieta come up? Does Bergesen go back in the rotation?

“It’s the unknown right now,” Bergesen said.

The hope is Bergesen will use relief to straight out his arm slot, which is believed to be the mechanical problem behind his most recent struggles. He was sent to Triple-A following an 0-2 start to the season, but he said following his last start that he’s not dealing with the same confidence issues that plagued him last start.

“I think it’s kind of a combination of they need someone in the pen just with the load the bullpen guys have been taking on these last three days, and then obviously my last start was a struggle,” Bergesen said. “So, they see it as an opportunity for me to just try to get a couple innings at a time.”

Bergesen matched a season high by allowing six earned runs in a career-low 2 1/3 innings in the Orioles 9-1 loss to the Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.

He has given up four earned runs or more in three of his past four outings, and Wednesday’s 69-pitch effort was the second time in three starts in which he was charged with a half-dozen runs. Bergesen has allowed 41 baserunners in his past 21 innings and yielded 19 earned runs over that stretch.

“It’s been very frustrating at times,” Bergesen said. “When I did come back up [from Triple-A] after those three starts, I felt like I’ve been pitching somewhat consistent minus the last start. But right now, it’s where I’m needed and so hopefully I’ll be able to do the job out there and give some relief to those guys.

Bergy to the 'Pen & Os/Sox lineups

*Brad Bergesen is being skipped at least once in the rotation given Monday’s off day. Interim manager Juan Samuel wasn’t sure if this will be a long-term deal or not, but didn’t rule that out. The feeling is Bergesen needs to get his arm slot straightened out. Bergesen has had an up and down year, but do you really give up on the guy?

*Mike Gonzalez’s last bullpen session was “not good” Samuel said. He will take two days off and throw on Tuesday. The Orioles won’t come right out and say it, but mid-June is not looking likely. Keep in mind Gonzalez will need to go on a rehab assignment after he’s through with extended spring.
 
*As expected, Brian Roberts took another day off and rested today.
 
*Matt Wieters is struggling at the plate. Yes, all the Orioles are, but the switch-hitter catcher’s has looked particularly bad lately.  Obviously, Wieters is young and has a lot to work on given the demands of catching. Samuel said he will try to give Wieters more rest days in hopes that will rejuvenate him.

*Will Ohman will remain the team’s closer in the Juan Samuel Era. If you’re curious, David Hernandez will remain the back end of the bullpen guy. He was up warming in the blowout last night,  but that’s only because the Orioles had burned through so many arms. 

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins DH
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Victor Martinez 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Josh Reddick CF
Bill Hall LF
Jon Lester LHP

All things Bergy and Butler

How bad are things going for the O’s right now? Brad Bergesen is told to throw a pitch away to Billy Butler, as in out of the strike zone, and instead leaves on for Butler to crush for a decisive RBI-double.

“He’d been kind of getting me out the last two times before that on sliders,” Butler said. “He left one over the plate and I wasn’t going to wait. I was just ready first-pitch to hit one.”
Bergesen said it was simply missed location.

“[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and Wieters both came out there and told me, ‘All 0-2 pitches, everything out of the zone.’ And sure enough, first pitch, I try and get it down and I hung one right in the zone and he made me pay for it,” Bergesen said.  “I can’t do that. That was the deciding factor in the game. “

“Absolutely, that was a missed location. They told me to have it out of the zone and I left it in the middle of the plate.”

You might recall Butler was the guy ended Bergesen’s season on a liner that hit his left shin in start last July.

“I knew I was going to face a couple of questions about [facing him],” Bergesen said. “No, it wasn’t in the back of my mind at all. I was more affected by him hitting that double today like he did. He’s a good hitter.”

Orioles/Royals lineup and tidbits

*Brian Roberts will report to the team’s facility in Sarasota, Fla. on Wednesday and is expected to continue to progress in baseball-related activities until he can go on a rehab assignment.

*Mike Gonzalez threw to live hitters for the first time today, tossing live BP in Sarasota.
 
*Much has been made about Nolan Reimold playing first base yesterday, and Orioles manager Dave Trembley acknowledged that Reimold will play first pretty regularly while in Triple-A.  He admitted he’s not sure if Reimold -who is nine months removed from Achillies heel surgery – will ever have the same agility and mobility that he did before the injury.

*Koji to close? It’s a possibility Trembley wouldn’t rule out.

As always, more details to come on Orioles.com. But here are the lineups for today’s game as the forecast has some light rain, but the team is confident they’ll get the game in. (As I type this, they are taking the tarp off the field.)

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen faces Kansas City for the first time since he was struck by a Billy Butler liner to the shin last July. He will be opposed by Kyle Davies.

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Cesar Izturis SS
Brad Bergesen RHP

ROYALS LINEUP:

Scott Podsednik LF
Mike Aviles 2B
David DeJesus RF
Billy Butler 1B
Jose Guillen DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Mitch Maier CF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jason Kendall C
Kyle Davies RHP

Red Sox/Os finale

*As I reported last night, there’s no timetable on Brian Roberts’ return to the lineup. He said that he has not discussed surgery as an option and declined to speculate on a target date. He did clarify it is his back, not his stomach.

*Mike Gonzalez started a throwing program Saturday. Those typically last three weeks and then he will need a rehab assignment. If no setbacks, he would theoretically be ready by the end of May.

*Brad Bergesen said he felt last night’s start was better than the previous three he made up here, saying he was more relaxed. At times he still got away from what he does best, but it’s good to see him make improvement. The Orioles need him.

*Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch for the Sox with a sore left groin.
Here are the updated lineups as the Orioles look for a three-game sweep with Kevin Millwood on the hill..

ORIOLES LINEUP:
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo SS
Kevin Millwood RHP

RED SOX LINEUP:

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Mike Lowell 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF
Josh Beckett RHP

Red Sox/Orioles Game 2

The Orioles have a chance for a series win tonight, with right-hander Brad Bergsen making his first start since being activated from Triple-A.

*Jim Johnson was sent down to Triple-A to make room for Bergesen

*Koji Uehara will not throw Saturday as planned, he will throw Sunday and Monday. The change is because the club wants to see him throw back-to-back days and didn’t want Koji to throw Saturday’s night game and Sunday’s day game. He could be activated after that.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

Brad Bergesen RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF

Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

Albers stating his case?

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Brad Bergesen will be activated to start Saturday’s game, meaning reliever Matt Albers’ days could be numbered. In 13 games, Albers has pitched his way to a 6.75 ERA –the worst mark of any active Orioles reliever – but he has strung together some solid outings as of late.

Albers tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two games against the Yankees and retired all three batters he faced in Friday’s win.

Albers who is out of options, knows the situation and said he’s not going out on the mound with the mindset that he has something to prove.
 
 “I just go out there and try to be successful and help the team win,” Albers said. “That’s really the approach I have to take, instead of trying to worry about what other people think. Obviously if I go out there and I pitch well, that obviously looks good.”

Manager Dave Trembley said Albers’ ball has more sink to it and his improved command has helped get him back on track. Albers suffered both losses in Boston last weekend, allowing four earned runs and recording just one out in that stretch.

“I almost tried to do too much, instead of just making my pitches and let my ball sink a little bit,” Albers said of his past struggles.

He has also talked with pitching coach Rick Kranitz about relying more on his breaking balls early in the count, which has helped keep hitters off balance and led to improved control.

“He wants the ball and he threw a sinker tonight with the exception of the 3-1 pitch to [Darnell] McDonald that was foul, he had movement,” Trembley said.

“And his command has been better. A lot less three-ball counts, a lot more strike ones.”

Has the team seen enough out of Albers to keep him and get rid of someone else? Reliever Cla Meredith would likely be the next to go, since he’s been used solely in one-out situations and still has options remaining. The team could also opt to take a position player off the 25-man roster, such as Julio Lugol, but given the Orioles’ limited depth that’s a long shot.

The decision will be made soon enough, seeing as though Bergesen will be activated for Saturday’s game.

Look for Bergesen to start Saturday

I blogged this earlier, but wanted to make sure it didn’t lost in the pregame tidbit shuffle: Brad Bergesen is going to start Saturday.
It’s not official, but the club can’t really make it official without a corresponding roster move (likely a reliever). Bergesen’s been the leadoff candidate all along and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed nothing has changed.
Although a lot of people have asked me about bringing up Jake Arrieta, the Orioles aren’t going to call him up for a debut against the Red Sox in front of a packed stadium. When they call up Arrieta, it will be for good, not for a spot start. He’s an important part of their future. Bergesen, though, is part of their immediate plans.
 
For more on Bergesen’s Triple-A start, I talked to him Sunday night and that story is up here.

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