FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen got off lucky after being struck in the right forearm by a line drive Friday.

Minnesota Twins leadoff hitter Denard Span hit the drive on Bergesen’s fourth pitch of the game. X-rays were negative and the injury was determined to be a bruise.

Bergesen is competing with Chris Tillman and Zach Britton to become the third starter in the Baltimore rotation. He entered with a 5.94 ERA over five appearances, and was counting on a solid performance to enhance his bid to make the club.

After the ball struck Bergesen, he walked off the mound and repeatedly shook his arm. He then left the field after a quick conversation with a trainer and manager Buck Showalter.

Span was called out when the ball flew off Bergesen’s arm and into the glove of second baseman Robert Andino.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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