Brad Bergesen, one of the O’s bright spots from the dismal 2009 campaign and contender for a #3 or perhaps #2 spot in the 2010 rotation, will miss a few days of spring training after injuring his throwing shoulder.
While filming a commercial for MASN.
Here’s the commercial, for the hell of it:
Bergeson told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he had properly warmed up for the shoot, but pretty much over-exerted himself.
From Roch’s blog:
“It’s just as much my fault as anybody else’s. I got caught up in the moment,” he said.
“I think it was a combination of not building up my arm enough and being tight, and I just tweaked something. But if everything goes as planned, I’m not going to miss any time in the season.
Bergesen has been told that he should be on the same schedule as the other pitchers in camp by the middle of March.
“The stuff (athletic trainers) Richie Bancells and Brian Ebel have me doing is unbelievable, the progress I’ve made,” he said. “I’ve thrown six times now and it’s gone better and better every time.”
Ugh. Not even spring training yet and already some bad luck-type news coming from “Birdland.”
Drew Forrester of WNST (whom some would call an unabahsed O’s hater – I’m not one of them) asked this:
…who within the Orioles organization knew of this commercial being shot? Anyone?
For all we know, the folks at MASN might have sidestepped the O’s executive ladder and just obtained Bergesen’s number through a PR staffer. Why wasn’t someone from baseball operations on hand at the shooting to make sure Bergesen didn’t – ahem – injure his shoulder?
A fair question, no matter what you may think of Drew’s opinions on the O’s.
As for us, we can only shake our heads.
That, and wish Bergy a speedy recovery.