Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is It Over For Brad Bergesen?

Last September, I wrote this about Brad Bergesen:

I was watching as the line drive rocketed off his leg and he limped, hopped, stumbled and ultimately collapsed in the tunnel heading toward the locker room. I figured that he would not be back at that moment...damn Oriole luck. And although I am generally an optimist, consider this; an unconventional control pitcher like Bergesen needs everything to go right for him to have success and a lot of that comes from a repeatable delivery. Chien-Ming Wang was one of the best pitchers in the AL for a couple seasons, hurt his leg and was never the same. Cross you fingers for Mr. Bergesen.

That layoff from pitching due to his injury has affected Bergesen more than even I imagined. He and Rick Krantz both admit that his sinker won't sink, he is struggling with his control and getting lit up.

Jeff Zrebiec reports that Bergesen is likely headed for Norfolk which is probably for the best right now. He needs to get his delivery down again is he hopes to survive in the majors.

Look for Jason Berken or Jake Arrieta to join the rotation soon.

edit: Zrebiec is reporting that Bergesen will report to Norfolk, Alberto Castillo is being recalled and the team will go with 4 starters fof the time being.


Stacey said...

It's been so tough watching Bergy this year. Hopefully he can get himself straightened out in AAA and isn't finished.

DempseysArmy said...

Likewise. I know he's not an ace but it wouls be nice if he gets his control/movement back.