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It’s downpouring and windy, but luckily I was the only reporter with the foresight to bring an umbrella. The reporters watched from a small awning as Brad Bergesen threw to Matt Wieters amid backup catcher Chad Moeller announcing, “Ladies and gentleman, Brad Bergesen.”
Bergesen looked comfortable in his first mound session since injuring his shoulder. He tossed a normal length session under the watchful eye of pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
“It was like he didn’t miss a beat,” Kranitz said.”If you told me he hadn’t thrown in five months, I would have said, ‘You’re a liar.’ He was good.”
Bergersen threw 28 pitches, mostly fastballs, although Kranitz said he was pushing to throw more. The 24-year-old Bergesen estimated he was throwing at about 75 percent and was pleasantly surprised with his location and sink.
“I was a little surprised about it, didn’t know what to expect,” Bergesen said of his first mound toss since the fateful commercial in December. “I was just getting up there and getting the cobwebs out of there, but I was able to get the ball down and throw my two seamer.”
Added Wieters: “He had his sink back already, he was able to locate the fastball which is the biggest thing coming back [and] getting back on the mound.”
Manager Dave Trembley said Bergesen’s session made a “gray day sunny” for him, and for now the plan is for Bergesen to throw two more side sessions before a live batting practice.
“I think we all just wanted to get through this phase,” Trembley said, following Saturday’s session. “I was confident he was going to be OK, but the questions weren’t going to be answered fully until he got up on the mound.”
Given Bergesen’s impressive first go-around, Wieters said he “definitely” thought the right-hander would be ready for the beginning of the season.
“He’s going to get his work in for sure,” Wieters said.”Bergy’s a guy who has his command and he will be ready to go Day 1 [of the season].”
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As the Orioles make their way down to Sarasota, your newest Baltimore Orioles reporter for MLB.com is in neighboring Bradenton, where today’s temperature in the 60s had me jumping for joy. My name is Brittany Ghiroli and today marked my first official day on the beat. I’m beyond excited for this opportunity, so much so that I came down here three days before my condo’s ready to bond with some of my family. The sunshine and chance to escape the snow up and down I-95 didn’t hurt either.
If you’re a frequent reader of MLB.com you might have seen my byline a couple of other places, most recently during the Yankees’ World Series run. In addition to freelancing for the Mets and Yankees sites, I spent last year working for MiLB.com and got my start as an associate reporter for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
With two years of experience in the AL East, I can assure you I will bring the complete and continual coverage of the O’s you’ve come to expect. Here you can find all the breaking news and analysis on the site, as well as pictures, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and other fun tidbits. It’s going to be an exciting year and I hope you will bookmark this site and follow me on Twitter for constant updates. I consider this blog a collaborative effort, so don’t be afraid to chime in with a question, comment or suggestion. I want to know what kind of stories you want, what’s bugging you about the team’s offseason moves and whether you think Matt Wieters is poised for a breakout year.
I’ll be headed to the team’s workout complex on Tuesday, with plenty of pictures and hopefully some good tidbits from the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
Ladies and gentlemen, baseball season is upon us. And it’s a glorious thing.