Yet the husky right-hander said he couldn't be happier with the change of scenery.
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Hunter was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) for the American League champions last year. But a groin injury slowed him this spring, and by the time he was healthy, he had lost his roster and rotation spot. He pitched eight games in relief after a July recall, posting a 2.93 ERA in 151/3 innings, but hadn't made it back into the rotation.
"Other guys stepped up. I got hurt. It's kind of the way the cookie crumbles," Hunter said. "If somebody steps up in somebody else's absence, they are not just going to go back to what you used to have. You stay with something that works. It's just the way they wanted to do it."
Hunter pitched in relief against the Royals on Tuesday, but it's still possible he'll start Friday's game against the Blue Jays.
"I came up as a starter, so I think that's the idea, to get back to the starting rotation," Hunter said.
Bergesen a father
Righty Brad Bergesen's wife, Shea, gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, about 1 p.m. Monday. Parker Steven Bergesen weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Bergesen was removed from the paternity leave list Tuesday, but the smile couldn't be removed from his face.
"Just to be there and look in my son's eyes. I'm the happiest guy in the world," said Bergesen, who was available out of the bullpen Tuesday. "The baby came out, and I wept like a little boy, just like a little kid. I was very emotional."
Around the horn
Lefty Troy Patton will leave the team Wednesday to deal with a Thursday morning hearing stemming from his arrest on drunken-driving charges this winter. It's possible the Orioles send Patton (0-0, 4.15 ERA) to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Reyes instead of playing a man short. … Infielder Cesar Izturis, who had been with the club during its series in New York, has returned to Double-A Bowie to continue his rehab assignment. Izturis (right elbow surgery) played in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader — he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in the first game and 1-for-3 in the second — and is scheduled to play nine innings at shortstop Wednesday and perhaps play again for the Baysox on Thursday morning before the Orioles re-evaluate him Friday. … Aaron Baker, whom the Orioles acquired Saturday from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Derrek Lee trade, singled in his first at-bat for Single-A Frederick. He also recorded his first home run and three RBIs. … Lee hit two homers in his first game for the Pirates on Monday. ... L.J. Hoes homered in both games of Bowie's doubleheader.
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