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Despite Decisions, O's Still Lack Rotation

The pitching rotation seems to be rounding into shape unfortunately that shape isn't looking too good.

Yesterday Rich Hill was deemed highly unlikely to make the team's Opening Day roster as pitching coach Rick Kranitz feels there's not enough time to get Hill ready as he fights back from a sore elbow.

Hill will likely be put on the disabled list and go to extended spring training before rejoining the club during the regular season.

While the Hill news seemed inevitable, the most shocking move of the weekend was the team cutting right-handed pitcher Brad Bergesen.

Bergesen, who had made a strong push to crack the rotation, had given up just four runs in 11 2/3 innings of work this spring. The move also followed a strong outing in which he pitched six scoreless innings against Red Sox minor leaguers.

Bergesen will start the season with Class AAA Norfolk and was the organization's minor league pitcher of the year in 2008 while with the Bowie Baysox. Despite being optioned, Bergesen will likely be up with the Orioles this season.

"He's going to pitch for us," [Manager Dave] Trembley said, "but it's probably not going to happen on April 6."

So with Hill out, Bergesen gone and John Parrish undergoing exploratory shoulder surgery, the Orioles are likely looking at Danys Baez, Adam Eaton, Mark Hendrickson (the only lefty in the bunch), Hayden Penn and Alfredo Simon for the three remaining roster spots.

That is bleak.

By CJ Holley  |  March 23, 2009; 11:57 AM ET
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it could be least we don't have to cheer for the nationals

Posted by: justlovesports | March 23, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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