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Simon's Injured, Now What?

The still undisclosed injury to pitcher Alfredo Simon's elbow that forced him to leave last night's game in Texas leaves the Orioles with many options for replacement and has fans optimistic that The Cavalry is on its way.

What further complicates matters is that third baseman Melvin Mora is also going to the disabled list.

Mora's injury allows the Orioles to call up reliever Matt Albers from Class AAA Norfolk just three days after he was demoted so that the team could call up starter Adam Eaton for his Easter Sunday start/disaster.

But what about Simon's spot? Simon hasn't officially been placed on the 15-day DL but that seems to be a mere formality at this point since he was sent back to Baltimore for examinations.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the team has called up Radhames Liz to serve as a long reliever and try to get by with four men in the rotation. That is until Monday when they'll need another starter against the Red Sox. Liz likely won't be that guy despite making 17 starts for the team last year as the Orioles seem to have tagged him to be a long reliever. The fickle finger of fate could be pointed squarely at Brian Bass who has well... umm... been very much not good in his two appearances out of the bullpen.

Of course what the Orioles could also do is keep Liz as a reliever, demote Bass (unless he turns out a decent relief appearance or two soon) and bring up Brad Bergesen, the team's Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2008.

Bergesen looked good at Spring Training for Baltimore but was sent down for more seasoning. Roch Kubatko over at MASN has Bergesen's line from his start last night for Norfolk: "Bergesen went six innings, allowing two runs and two hits, walking two, striking out three and hitting two batters."

Not great, but not awful either, looks like Daniel Cabrera on a good day.

Anyways, how do you guys see this thing shaking out?

By CJ Holley  |  April 15, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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Thanks for all the O's updates.

Do you see Bergesen as a future MLB pitcher? It seems like all these pitchers the O's draft never live up to the hype.

Posted by: capsfan83 | April 15, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Bergesen has the talent to be a 3 or 4 on a good team. On this Orioles team, he's a 2 or 3.

He's a control pitcher which could help the longevity of his career so long as he can consistently hit his spots.

Posted by: CJ Holley | April 15, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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