By Eduardo A. Encina
7:14 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just one day after purchasing his contract from Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles have designated right-handed Brad Bergesen for assignment in order so they could recall Wednesday’s starter, right-hander Tommy Hunter.
“This one came as a surprise because I know that the bullpen’s been a little depleted and so I just know they needed some innings chewed up if a game got out of control or what not,” Bergesen said while packing his bag for a flight back to Norfolk Wednesday night. “But at the same time, they had to make a move for Tommy and I was the odd man out.”
The club purchased Bergesen’s contract before Tuesday’s game to provide depth to a bullpen that has accounted for 62 percent of the team’s innings in five games since the All-Star break.
And before Wednesday’s game, the 26-year-old Bergesen was DFAed for the second time this season. If he clears waivers, he can be optioned back to Norfolk.
“It’s obviously been a little crazy around here,” Bergesen said. “It’s been like a revolving door. Even though I’m getting sent down, it’s a great organization to be in because there are a lot of opportunities. I’ll get down there and get back to my routine as much as possible and try to get back here quickly.”
The Orioles' 40-man roster now has one open spot.
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