The Orioles' pitching situation is coming into focus.

Brad Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.


Chris Jakubauskas was added to the 40-man and 25-man rosters and will pitch Sunday against the Texas Rangers. The Orioles were at 39 before today, so they don't have to remove anyone from their 40-man roster.

Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Tuesday against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Buck Showalter confirmed it all during his pre-game news conference. He said there was a possibility -- in an emergency -- that Jakubauskas could be forced into one of the games today and Guthrie could pitch Sunday. That, though, is an unlikely scenario.

Also, Brian Roberts said tests on his stomach were negative and he hopes to play both games of today's doubleheader. He is starting Game 1.

Bergesen pitched just one game so far this season, starting against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. He allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Given the state of the bullpen, the Orioles decided to send him down and bring up a fresh starter.

Bergesen, 25, had a 5.82 ERA in six games this spring. He declined to comment shortly after he was told the news.

Jakubauskas, 32, pitched in five spring games with the Orioles, allowing no runs, one walk and four hits while striking out seven. He last pitched in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010. He pitched in one game, allowing two runs in two-thirds of an inning. In that game, he was hit in the head with a liner off the bat of the Houston Astros' Lance Berkman. He hadn't pitched in a big league game since.

He pitched 35 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2009, going 6-7 with a 5.32 ERA. He signed with the Orioles as a nonroster invitee. His pitching coach in Seattle was Rick Adair, the Orioles' bullpen coach.