Pitching Carousel Continues and Wieters Homers
For the Orioles, Sunday saw one pitcher go down, one pitcher get added and another shine.
Rich Hill was slated to start for the O's against the Nationals on Sunday but stiffness in his elbow and forearm forced him to sit out. Hill, who has been slated as being a third member of the team's rotation, is coming off a season hampered by control issues that he says were the result of injury. Obviously another injury this early on is not a good sign.
Perhaps it was no coincidence then that Baltimore made a rather prudent move in signing Philadelphia cast-off Adam Eaton to a $400,000 deal Sunday. Cam jumped on it here and points out that it's a very smart move - signing major league talent for a nominal fee.
Pitching in Hill's place was David Pauley who gave up one run over three solid innings. Sunday's outing was a clear step up from Pauley's previous one where he gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning against the Mets, all of which proves that one man's injury is another man's opportunity.
Speaking of opportunity, Matt Wieters (aka The Man Who Makes Orioles Fans Smile) hit his first home run in a Baltimore jersey, knocking a two-run homer out in the sixth inning off of Washington's Garrett Mock. Wieters's blast helped lift the Orioles to a 7-5 win over the Nationals.
Next on the mound will be young righty Brad Bergesen who will lead the Orioles against the Red Sox today.
Bergesen, who in Class-AA last year went 15-6 with a 3.22 ERA, is part of the young crop of highly touted Orioles pitchers -- a group that is profiled in some depth by The Baltimore Sun.
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