Bromberg working way back
Thursday’s Curve game that David Bromberg was scheduled to pitch was postponed by rain, and Bromberg will start tonight against Binghamton.
A one-day wait is nothing for Bromberg compared to the time he had to put his career on hold after suffering an injury to his throwing wrist.
Bromberg, who had to have pins put in his wrist after being struck by a comebacker, is trying to make a return to his former ways and is also taking on several roles in the Curve clubhouse to reach the major leagues.
“For the first couple of weeks, I had my hands up,” Bromberg said of pitching after the injury. “If a guy would foul one back, I would put my hands in front of my face. And then, two or three weeks, I just went back and said, you know what, you’ve got to get your stuff back to what you had. That’s what made you successful.”
The righty was one of the shining stars in his first few years in the Twins organization. Bromberg was the 2007 Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year. In 2008, he was named a Midwest League All-Star before being named the Twins’ top minor league pitcher in 2009.
In 2010, Bromberg went 5-5 with Double-A New Britain and was called up to Triple-A, but he began the 2011 season in Double-A.
That’s when, in April 2011, Bromberg was hit on the wrist by a line drive and was forced to have screws put into his arm. After just 33 games in 2012, he was cut by the Twins.
Bromberg signed with the Pirates last fall and has filled in where he is needed. He has started and relieved this season, something Curve pitching coach Stan Kyles thinks the righty can cope with well.
“He’s durable,” Kyles said. “When you look at pitchers in the big leagues, you look at guys with not only good stuff, but guys that can handle a big workload. He’s definitely that.”
Bromberg has started six games and seen action in 11. He has pitched the fourth-most innings on the team (47.0).
Kyles called the 6-foot-5 California native a “staff saver” because of Bromberg’s ability to fill in several times after rehabbing pitchers and has done well in that role, including going five hitless innings in relief for Charlie Morton.
“Whenever they give me the ball on day five or my days to pitch, I just got to go out there and give the team a chance to win,” Bromberg said. “They definitely want to save the bullpen so you want to go six or seven innings.”
One issue for Bromberg is whether he’s best suited for the long haul as a starter or reliever. Kyles said the pitcher is getting an opportunity to find out with the Pirates.
“His thing now is finding his identity,” Kyles said of the 265-pound Bromberg. “He’s got to find out what kind of pitcher he is going to be, he wants to be, and he is doing that.
“He’s not pitching to results, as he has been accustomed to in the past. He understands he has an opportunity with the Pirates that is going to allow that.”
Along with the ability to fill in, Bromberg is doing something a lot of teams look for leading. He is trying to combine that mentorship to younger pitchers with his pitching to return to Triple-A and beyond.
One of the veteran players Bromberg knows well, catcher Charlie Cutler, thinks the pitcher has the stuff to make a name for himself.
“He’s a big league caliber pitcher,” Cutler said.