02/17/10 9:50 PM EST
Bergesen to return within two weeks
O's right-hander injured shoulder filming ad in December
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
"Every time I throw, there's change," Bergesen told the Sun. "The progression has gone great. [Assistant athletic trainer] Brian Ebel and I have spent so much time together. I feel like he's worked a miracle with me."
Bergesen suffered a strained right shoulder capsule while filming a commercial in early December, an injury the Sun first reported on Friday. The 24-year-old told the paper he would be about 10 days behind heading into Spring Training, which begins in earnest for the Orioles on Thursday with the first workout for pitchers and catchers.
"I don't know how the next couple of weeks are going to go with the progression," Bergesen told the Sun. "But the way I feel, I feel great right now. I think the next step is just leading up to some mound sessions. I think in the next 12-14 days or so, I'll probably be on the mound if all goes as it has.
"At one point, I was very worried about it before I got under the care of Brian. Now, my mind is set on just getting ready for the season."
Bergesen's injury caused a commotion among the Orioles' fan base, and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has said that the team will make adjustments in terms of having medical personnel or baseball personnel present for any further television shoots.
If healthy, Bergesen is projected to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter this season on a pitching staff that includes Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman. The young hurler was a pleasant surprise for the Orioles last year, going 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19 starts, before a line drive to the shin on July 30 ended Bergesen's season.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.