"He's a guy that a lot of teams have always coveted his makeup and his approach and his teammate skills," Showalter said. "He's a guy in the past that has handled left-handed pitching well and can play multiple positions."
Bergesen was once considered a key member of the Orioles' young core of starting pitchers. Now it looks like he might be out of the organization. The Orioles have 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on the 26-year-old right-hander.
Bergesen is 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 games (59 starts) for the Orioles in his career. If he clears waivers, he can rejoin the Tides. A claiming team would have to pick up what remains of his $800,000 salary.
He did not make the team out of spring training and has been with Norfolk, for which he is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in eight games (six starts). He threw five scoreless innings Thursday.
Scott, Pie reunited, sort of
Former Oriole Luke Scott had a strange but close friendship with ex-Orioles outfielder Felix Pie. The two often argued but also were inseparable at times.
Well, some members of the Orioles organization didn't want Scott to be lonely in his trip back to Camden Yards as a member of the Rays. Someone sent a 3-foot Pie "doll" to Scott in the visitor's clubhouse. It was made up of black athletic wrap, wearing Pie's No. 18 road jersey and used batting gloves.
"I just had to start laughing," Scott told Rays reporters. "It's my friend that I miss so much — Felix the Cat. Felix Pie is my amigo, man. They made it for me and sent it over to bring back some good memories of my friend.'"
Pie, incidentally, signed a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Orioles acquire Belfiore
The Orioles have acquired left-handed minor league reliever Mike Belfiore from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named in April's Josh Bell trade, the club announced.
The 23-year-old was 0-0 with a 2.37 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just five walks in 19 innings this season with Arizona's High-A team in Visalia, Calif. This is the first time in Belfiore's four minor league seasons that he's pitching exclusively out of the bullpen.
In his career, Belfiore is 9-16 with a 4.05 ERA and 267 strikeouts in 2822/3 innings.
Around the horn
Avery, 22, has done well at Norfolk. In 33 games, he has a .273 average, .373 on-base percentage and .469 on-base percentage. Avery, a second-round pick in 2008, has five homers and 18 RBIs for the Tides. … Catcher Matt Wieters was in Saturday's lineup as the club's designated hitter. That was a possibility before Wieters was in a violent collision with the Tampa Bay Rays' Sean Rodriguez at home plate Friday. It became a certainty after the collision, Showalter said. … Lindstrom had an MRI on his right middle finger. The club was awaiting results Saturday night. … Reimold, who had an epidural in his neck Friday, said it usually takes three to five days after the procedure before he can evaluate its effect.
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