Right-hander Brad Bergesen said he felt he was “in limbo” the past week, not knowing whether he would remain in the only organization he has known or go somewhere else.
On Thursday, he learned he had passed through waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, where he is expected to start Sunday.
“It’s been an interesting process, something I’ve gone through for the first time, kind of the in limbo phase,” said Bergesen, who was taken off the 40-man roster Friday when the Orioles made room for Bill Hall.
The Orioles had 10 days to ask waivers or deal Bergesen, but, finding no match on the trade market, they decided to push him through waivers – and he wasn’t claimed.
Once considered a key member of the Orioles’ rotation, Bergesen, 26, has spent this season with the Tides after not making the Orioles’ 25-man roster out of spring training. He was 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in eight games (six starts) for Norfolk, but his best outing was his last. On two days’ rest, he threw five shutout innings in a win against Louisville on May 10.
Bergesen, who is making almost double the major league minimum at $800,000, had never been outrighted, so he had to return to Norfolk. But he didn’t look at that as a negative.
“I had mixed feelings about it. All of us want to be in the big leagues, all of us want the best opportunity for our career, and if that is with someone else, well, you always want to be in a good situation,” said Bergesen, who is 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 games with the Orioles over parts of three seasons. “But at the same time, I believe I have a good opportunity here still.”
He was briefly moved into the bullpen at Norfolk but now looks to be back in the rotation. And he doesn’t have to move his young family and start anew. Besides, the 2004 fourth-rounder believes that if he pitches well, he’ll get a chance to return to Baltimore even if he is no longer on the 40-man roster.
“Buck [Showalter] definitely has shown [it doesn’t matter] if a guy is on the 40-man or not on the 40-man if he can help the team,” Bergesen said. “If I pitch to my capabilities this season, if Buck knows I can contribute to the team, at some point, I’m sure he’ll be willing to do so.”
MASNSports.com first reported Bergesen had cleared waivers.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times