So much for Brad Bergesen staying in the Orioles’ organization.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed Bergesen on waivers after the Orioles designated him for assignment on Wednesday to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Tommy Hunter. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted the news earlier today.
The Orioles hoped that Bergesen would clear waivers again, as he did back in May, and accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.
Bergesen was out of options after accepting his outright assignment, and he was expected to accept another one today if a team didn’t claim him. The Diamondbacks must place Bergesen on their 40-man roster.
Bergesen was 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA and one save in 22 games with Norfolk, including 10 starts. He allowed 90 hits, walked 23 and struck out 41 in 80 1/3 innings.
The Orioles purchased his contract on Tuesday, giving them a long reliever, but he didn’t appear in a game. He flew from Minnesota to Baltimore, with a layover in Chicago, and expected to join the Tides in Syracuse.
The Orioles selected Bergesen, 26, in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. He went 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 major league games, including 54 starts. He had four complete games and one shutout.
Bergesen lost his arbitration hearing over the winter and settled for an $800,000 contract. He sought $1.2 million.
Update: Not that I doubted the report, but I received confirmation on the Diamondbacks claiming Bergesen.
Perhaps Bergesen will be reunited with former Orioles reliever David Hernandez, who’s got a 2.68 ERA in 43 appearances with the Diamondbacks this season.