Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Player Profile: Brad Bergesen

I have one card of Brad Bergesen, from 2010 Topps Heritage.

Playing career: Brad Bergesen came up with the Orioles in 2009, and had a solid rookie season (19 starts, 7-5, 3.43 ERA) that was cut short when he was hit in the shin by a line drive. Tests found no structural damage, but he was in too much pain to pitch the next season. The next time he picked up a baseball was in December, shooting a commercial for the Orioles, and he promptly strained his right shoulder, causing him to miss the beginning of spring training. He was less effective for the Orioles in 2010 and 2011, and pitched briefly for Arizona in 2012.

Where he is now: He pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan in 2013, going 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in fourteen games before developing an infected hangnail on his pitching hand. He was released in September and does not appear to have signed with a team for 2014.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Brad Berg, between Brad Berger, a photographer from Minnesota, and Brad Bergstresser, an attorney in New York. There do not appear to be any other prominent Brad Bergesens.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dave Bergman.

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