Bergesen Demoted with Matusz Return Looming

The Orioles have sent RHP Brad Bergesen to AAA Norfolk and recalled LHP Pedro Viola from AA Bowie.

I agree that Bergesen is the guy to take out of the starting rotation but I would’ve liked to have seen him given a shot in the bullpen. I think he could be effective there and its not like relief pitching has been one of our strong suits. But I guess this way he can stay stretched out in case of another injury, demotion, or trade. We’re not very deep at starter in the upper minors. Viola will make a temporary stop in the majors. He was on the 40 man roster already and has options so he was an easy choice to bolster the bullpen until Brian Matusz is activated for Wednesday’s start. Viola was pitching well for Bowie with a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings with 21 strikeouts and 7 walks. Maybe he’ll get a promotion to AAA Norfolk when he returns to the minors.

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