Brad Bergesen just completed his bullpen session and headed back to the clubhouse, which will open to the media in about 30 minutes.
Reporters were instructed to stand outside the indoor pitching and batting cages while Bergensen threw.
I learned two things: Players are amused by our obsession with Bergesen, and my hooded sweatshirt holds about five gallons of water.
The rain is coming down in buckets.
Chad Moeller yelled, “Ladies and gentleman, Brad Bergesen,” as the right-hander entered the cage. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz gave him a pat on the backside.
Bergesen played catch with Matt Wieters before starting his session. He looked comfortable the entire time - unlike those of us who stood outside.
The water is still rolling off Jeff Zrebiec’s head. I’m afraid he’s going to flood the media trailer.
Major props to MLB.com’s Brittnay Ghiroli for letting me stand under her umbrella, though the rain is falling sideways and still managed to leave us soaked.
“Why don’t you put up your hood?” she asked.
“It’ll mess up my hair,” I replied.
I was joking. Sort of.
I’ll pass along quotes from Bergesen once he’s made available to the press. And after I trudge through the rain and mud to get inside the clubhouse.
Here are the pitchers for Monday’s intrasquad game: