Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen will be slowed at the start of spring training after hurting his shoulder while filming a promotional spot in December, an injury that caused the team to instituted a new policy regarding commercial shoots.
Bergesen strained his right shoulder while performing in a commercial promoting Baltimore’s 2010 season. He will see limited action for a week to 10 days after the Orioles pitchers and catchers begin workouts Thursday in Sarasota, Fla.
Bergesen had his rookie season cut short last year after being hit in the shin by a line drive on July 30. The right-hander had not thrown off a mound from August until the commercial shoot, and he hurt himself by throwing at game-speed.
“He just did too much, too soon,” Andy MacPhail, the club president of baseball operations, said Tuesday from Sarasota. “He’s behind the rest of the pitchers at this point, but it’s nothing we think is going to delay his regular season.”
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Ailing Jurrjens to have test
Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens has been scheduled for a scan today to determine the cause of soreness in his right shoulder.
Jurrjens could enter the season as the team’s No. 1 starter after going 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA last year, the third-best ERA in the NL.
Braves general manager Frank Wren says the scan is precautionary and Jurrjens could return to Florida after the exam “if everything is OK.”
Jurrjens set a career high with 215 innings last year.
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