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The Orioles made a pair of roster moves official on Thursday, reinstating reliever Jason Berken from the 60-day disabled list and outrighting reliever Frank Mata to Triple-A Norfolk.
The club announced the 26-year-old Mata cleared waivers, thus removing him from the team’s 40-man spot and adding Berken. Mata made his Major League debut on May 26 and pitched to a 7.79 ERA (17.1IP, 15ER) in 15 games with the Orioles.
A pleasant surprise for the Os, Berken posted a 1.95 ERA before the All-Star break, holding opponents to a .235 average in his first 32 career games out of the bullpen. But he posted a 7.71 ERA in nine games after the break, prompting the Orioles to check out his right shoulder, where they discovered a labrum tear.
Berken chose to forgo surgery and is optimistic that his offseason rehab regimen will get him back on track in time for Spring Training.
And in a sad bit of baseball news, Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson passed away earlier this afternoon. Keep his family in your thoughts.
The Orioles did all the little things right in Tuesday’s win and got two solid innings of middle relief from big lefty Mark Hendrickson. In the wake of injuries to reliever Koji Uehara and closer Alfredo Simon, manager Dave Trembley told Hendrickson -typically the team’s long man – that he will be now be used in the later innings as well.
“He came to [pitching coach Rick] Kranitz before the game today and said, ‘With [Simon] being out, does my role change?’ And we told him, ‘Yeah, you’ll probably be used later in the game.’” Trembley said. “And he said, ‘OK, I’m ready for it.’ He did a real nice job. The ball was down, he had good two-seam and he had good extension on his pitches.”
“That’s the best Hendrickson has pitched all year.”
The guy nicknamed Big Smooth by his teammates seemed to cruise through his two scoreless innings, throwing 21 pitches (14 for strikes) and allowing just one hit.
“I’m not going to lie. I loved the situation. I loved the opportunity to come in with the lead late in the game,” Hendrickson said. “I think I just tried to pitch accordingly.”
“If you look at the way I came in and the way Will [Ohman] came in, it seemed like we were just coming in being aggressive, trusting our stuff and accomplishing some zeroes after we had taken the lead. That’s important and that’s something we really haven’t done a good job of. I think tonight we excelled in pretty much every facet, which is nice to see.”
Given that Orioles bullpen now consists of Frank Mata, who is in the big leagues for the first time, and David Hernandez (who has never been a reliever) having a seasoned guy like Hendrickson is a big boost. I know in talking to Jason Berken earlier this season that Hendrickson has been extremely helpful in his successful transition to the ‘pen.
Hopefully, Hendrickson can continue to help the young guys and build on outings like Tuesday.