Nobody should have been surprised when Brad Bergesen was placed on the disabled list today, even though two sets of x-rays revealed no fracture. He still has a serious bone bruise and has been told to stay home and stay off his feet. The 15-day injury hiatus will cost him at least two starts, but this is the right thing to do. The club needs to make sure there isn't any soreness in the shin before Bergesen starts to throw again, so there's no chance of him altering his mechanics to compensate for pain or weakness in the area. Not only could that impact his command on the mound, it would lead to an elbow or shoulder injury.
Guess we have our answer on Rich Hill. He apparently has been pitching with real shoulder pain over the past few weeks and does have a labrum injury that will may require surgery. I'm sure the Orioles wish he had been more upfront with them about it -- since it raised suspicion that he was trolling for a convenient spot on the disabled list -- but that couldn't be helped. Wonder if the O's will be on board for his rehab and possible comeback.
The waiver deadline has passed, but that doesn't mean the Orioles can't eventually trade another veteran player. Melvin Mora has a no-trade clause, but if he gets hot over the next couple weeks, he could still be moved (with his permission) in a waiver deal. Aubrey Huff also has enough salary remaining that it's probably unlikely a team would claim him just to block a deal, though the O's are more likely to keep him and offer him salary arbitration as a free agent. The club may try to pass Luke Scott through waivers, too, but he may be hard to get through because of his reasonable salary.
Roster update: The Orioles recalled Kam Mickolio from Norfolk and Chris Ray off his rehab assignment to replace injured Rich Hill and Brad Bergesen. Mickolio's stay could be short, depending on what the Orioles do to fill Bergesen's place in the rotation.