07/17/12 8:45 PM ET
O's taking part in first Draft lottery Wednesday
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
Following the First-Year Player Draft and signing period, the lottery is designed to help teams perceived to need the most assistance by awarding them extra Draft picks. The 10 smallest-market teams and 10 lowest-revenue teams will have the chance to win one of six extra selections following the first round in the 2013 Draft.
Because there is crossover between the teams in the smallest markets and with the lowest revenues, there are 13 teams this year that will be entered: the D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Royals, A's, Pirates, Padres, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Marlins, Brewers and Cardinals.
The odds of winning a Draft pick will be based on each team's winning percentage in the previous season. That means the Orioles, who had the fourth-lowest winning percentage in 2011 -- trailing only the Twins, Mariners and Astros -- are in a pretty good spot.
"If you do odds, I think we've got x-number of balls in the popper," manager Buck Showalter said. "Which [still] means you could come out with none."
There will be a second group of six picks, to be made after the conclusion of the second round. The teams from the first group that did not get one of the early picks will be re-entered, along with any other Major League team that receives revenue sharing.
This year, only one team -- the Tigers -- will be added to the second lottery. The Competitive Balance Lottery winners and the order of their picks will be unveiled on MLB Network's "The Rundown" at 2:45 p.m. ET. The Orioles are one of several teams that will have a representative at the event, sending coordinator of baseball operations Bill Wilkes.
"I think the big thing is it's the first time you are able to trade these 12 picks," Showalter said. "It's kind of uncharted territory for a lot of things."
Only a team that wins a pick in the lottery can trade it, meaning that selection can be traded just once. It can't be sold for cash, and it may only be dealt during the season. Trading can commence the day after the lottery is held and is allowed until the end of that regular season, so seeing a lottery pick or two involved in July 31 Trade Deadline deals is a possibility.
They cannot be included in any Winter Meetings deals, however, with trading of picks again permitted at the beginning of the following regular season.
Orioles recall Bergesen to bolster bullpen
MINNEAPOLIS -- Seeking to bolster an overworked bullpen, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Tuesday's game, optioning Miguel Socolovich to make room on the roster.
Bergesen last pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday for Norfolk and has pitched to a 2.35 ERA in his last 10 games. Overall, the 26-year-old has gone 4-3 in 22 games (10 starts) allowing 42 runs (36 earned) on 90 hits and 23 walks. He has struck out 41 over his 80 1/3 innings.
"It was a real surprise," Bergesen said of his first Major League callup this season. "I was about to fall asleep [Monday night] and then I got the phone call about 12:30, 1 o'clock last night. [Triple-A Manager Ron Johnson] called me. 'You're going up. Come get your bag. You've got a 9:30 flight.'"
Bergesen has a career Major League record of 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA and is expected to be used as the right-handed long man behind Tuesday's starter Zach Britton, who is making his season debut. To make room on the 40-man roster, Nick Johnson (right wrist injury) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
"I felt bad ... didn't really want to send Socolovich out, but he was kind of dead in the water for a couple days," said manager Buck Showalter, who used the right-hander for 2 1/3 innings in Monday's game.
"Obviously with any pitcher, but especially a young pitcher [Britton] starting the season, you want to be able to be covered as much as you can. You want to have a long guy that's able to go long, and of the possibilities we had there, Bergy was the best option."
The Orioles also officially recalled Britton from Norfolk, placing Robert Andino on the disabled list to make room on the roster.
Showalter said second baseman Brian Roberts flew to Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday and is still deciding what course of action to take in regards to his hip.
Adam Jones has been named the Orioles' candidate for the Heart & Hustle Award, which is given out annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to a current player who not only excels on the field, but also "best embodies the values, spirit and tradition baseball."
With Bergesen the originally scheduled starter for Norfolk on Tuesday, right-hander Matt Bischoff was promoted from Class A Frederick in his place. Bischoff is the Tides' 23rd starting pitcher this season, setting a new club record.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.