NEW YORK -- The Orioles officially recalled right-hander Brad Bergesen prior to Wednesday's game, putting J.J. Hardy (left oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list as the corresponding roster move.
The roster move is hardly a surprise as Bergesen -- who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday -- traveled with the team to New York on Monday and has been waiting to find out his status. Given Tuesday's rainout, the Orioles were able to skip Bergesen's turn in the rotation -- which would have been Wednesday -- and he is tentatively slated to make Sunday's start in Cleveland.
"I'm really just hoping to get back on track and hopefully prove that I am able to be part of the rotation and just contribute to this team," Bergesen said.
"It's been tough, but it's the hand that I was dealt and I'm just trying to make the most of it. Whatever they need me to do or whenever they need me, I'm just trying to prepare as much as possible."
Bergesen has pitched just one game so far this season, starting against the Detroit Tigers in lieu of Jeremy Guthrie, who was hospitalized with pneumonia and had his start pushed back. Bergesen allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 2/3 innings against Detroit and hasn't been able to establish a consistent throwing schedule. The 25-year-old Bergesen had a 5.82 ERA in six games this spring, and was hit with a line drive on his right forearm in the first inning of his final Grapefruit League start, forcing an early exit.
Asked how important it was for Bergesen to get on a regular schedule, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who will use Bergesen if Wednesday's starter Chris Tillman has a rough start, didn't want to jinx things.
"Let's let that play out," Showalter said. "With the injuries and all the things that we've had creep up, it's not an ideal world. But there's an excuse around every corner if you want to take it."
If Bergesen is not needed on Wednesday he will prepare to start the series finale in Cleveland this weekend, and will presumably be able to get on schedule since the team needs five starters for their upcoming schedule.
Hardy is expected to be out a minimum of two weeks, and potentially three, according to Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. The club will have to wait and see how Hardy's rehab goes. Showalter said Hardy has reported to extended Spring Training camp in Sarasota, Fla., and has been receiving treatment.
Showalter gets difficulty of coaching third
NEW YORK -- Given Tuesday's rain -- and eventual postponement -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a chance to watch Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton's injury on a head-first, first-inning slide into home plate live from the visitor's clubhouse.
"Nothing else to do during the 15-hour rain delay," said Showalter, who said that he does not tell his players to avoid sliding head first. Asked if he was OK with it, Showalter said he was, and that injuries are just the nature of playing the game. He's not going to start telling guys, "don't get hurt."
Hamilton's injury had made national headlines given the nature of how it occurred. He was sent by third-base coach Dave Anderson and thrown out trying to score on a foul popup caught by third baseman Brandon Inge near the Tigers' dugout. Catcher Victor Martinez was near Inge chasing the pop, and pitcher Brad Penny forgot to cover home plate. Hamilton bolted for home, but Martinez got there first, taking the throw from Inge on the run and applying the tag. Hamilton tried to slide head first to the inside of the baseline and reach out with his right arm to touch the plate. Martinez beat him, and that's where the injury occurred.
Asked about it later Hamilton said it was "a stupid play" and he was hesitant to do it. "I was thinking, 'I don't want to do this ... something is going to happen,'" he told reporters after the game. "I listened to my coach."
On Wednesday, Hamilton apologized for his initial remarks, saying, "The more I thought about it, the more I understand I have to take responsibility for what happened. I know I had a choice not to go, and I chose to go. I appreciate Dave has confidence in my ability to think that I could make it."
Showalter, whose last managerial job was in Texas, said coaching third base isn't as easy as it looks.
"Coaching third base is an art," he said. "There's just things you've got to push the envelope on. You've got to be a manager, because you've got to know where you are in the batting order, who's hot on your team, who's not [hot] on your team, who's pitching for the other team, what's their bullpen situation like. I go over it with John [Russell] all the time, 'Here's where they are with their bullpen, after this inning we can do this.'
"Especially in the National League, you've really got to know what the manager's going to do. It's an art. I was very fortunate to have some good ones. Willie [Randolph], Clete Boyer. Clete was outstanding, he had great judgment. We got John. And you've got to hear some hoots, [even] if it's the right decision."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.