By Matt Snyder
We have another pitcher struck with a line drive. Friday's victim was Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergesen. Denard Span hit was has been called a "hot smash," "liner" and "screaming line drive" on Twitter by those in attendance. Fortunately the shot didn't hit Bergesen in the head, but it did nail his right (pitching) arm. One writer pointed out, however, that the blow was reminiscent of one in July of 2009 that ended Bergesen's season. On the bright side, the injury this time around is reportedly a deep bruise. He has gone for X-Rays, though. (Baltimore Sun via Twitter)
UPDATE: The X-Rays have come back negative. It's a bruise. Even better news is that Bergesen at least kept his sense of humor after the ordeal, as he said his outing was a no-hitter. (School of Roch )
Bergesen is battling for the fourth starter spot with Chris Tillman. He was 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 2009, but had a rough 2010 season, as the ERA rose all the way to 4.98. He allowed 193 hits in 170 innings. Bergesen was having a rough spring, too, sporting a 5.94 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting .373 against him.
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