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Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen was pretty confident he would be ready to go when pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota next week, but he suffered an odd setback in December that could for the O's to change their pitching plans during the early weeks of training camp.

Bergesen, who was a Rookie of the Year candidate when he was forced out of action last year by a nasty line drive off his shin, just told The Sun that he tweaked his throwing shoulder while filming a commercial for the Orioles. He has undergone an MRI and apparently did not suffer any serious damage, but the shoulder strain is going to set him back in spring training. Here's the story by Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly.

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What does that mean for the Orioles rotation? Will Andy MacPhail take a harder look at some of the remaining pitchers in the free agent market?

Hard to say, but MacPhail has known about this for awhile and he recently dismissed rumors that he was pursuing free agent Jarrod Washburn. If Bergesen isn't ready to go, the club presumably would go to David Hernandez or Jason Berken. Either that or put Jake Arrieta on a faster track.

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