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Was Bergesen good enough?

Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz said that he wanted Brad Bergesen to earn a promotion and Saturday's start against the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards.

We'll find out exactly what he considers "earning it" in the days ahead when the Orioles reveal the starter for that game.

Working on three days rest for Triple-A Norfolk against Lehigh Valley today, Bergesen allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking our four in five innings. He threw 85 pitches before giving way to Mike Hinckley.

If it's not Bergesen, the Orioles could opt to give Chris Tillman another start, and I know there is also some thought being given to using a long reliever, likely Mark Hendrickson or Jason Berken, to start that night. The Orioles have an off day next Monday, so they can use a spot starter on Saturday and then go right back to a four-man rotation.

In that situation, they wouldn't need a fifth starter again until Saturday, July 3 in Boston. By then, Bergesen would get at least one more outing under his belt at Triple-A to try to fix some of his issues.

Outfielder Felix Pie went 0-for-4 while serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast Orioles today. He'll get two more Gulf Coast games in before probably reporting to Single-A Frederick.

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