08/10/09 8:15 PM ET
Bergesen throws for first time since injury
Orioles rookie likely to need rehab assignment
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
The Baltimore rookie starter has shed the crutches that he needed after suffering a bruised left shin, and he threw on the side Monday for the first time since his injury. Bergesen estimated that he's still five or six days away from getting on the mound.
"I feel pretty close to 100 percent as far as walking goes," he said before Monday's game against the Athletics. "I threw today, just real light. It felt pretty awkward, just because of landing on it. Hopefully it will feel better tomorrow."
Bergesen, Baltimore's most consistent pitcher this season, has logged a 7-5 record and a 3.43 ERA. The right-hander injured himself on July 30 against the Royals, when he was hit by a comebacker against his final batter of the day. Baltimore went on to win that game, and Bergesen has rehabbed his injury and bided his time on the disabled list.
That process has been painful for him, especially considering how the Orioles have struggled.
"It's terrible," said Bergesen of sitting on the sideline and not traveling on the recent road trip. "The whole week was just miserable. Sitting around watching the games and not being able to be there was not a good feeling."'
Now, the Orioles are doing their best to map out his recovery. If Bergesen does indeed return to the mound by the end of the week, he'd likely have to do it again before the Orioles plotted out a rehab schedule. Bergesen will probably have to make at least one rehab appearance -- perhaps two -- before returning to the big league roster.
"I'll have to get with [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] just because there has been so much time off," Bergesen said. "I am sure they'll at least want me going one [start]. That's without me talking to Kranny. The good thing is it wasn't an arm injury. It wasn't something they had to repair, so hopefully it won't take me very long to get it back."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.