Swollen hand puts Bergman's next start in question

Swollen hand puts Bergman's next start in question

DENVER -- Whether Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman will make his next start, Wednesday against the Cardinals, is uncertain. On Friday night, the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez hit a hard smash off the base of Bergman's left hand.

The swelling hand and the fact Bergman gave up seven runs on nine hits combined to limit him to three innings.

X-rays showed no break in the hand, but Bergman will soon undergo an MRI after his hand showed severe swelling on Saturday morning. 

If Bergman can't start, it'll be yet another blow in a year full of injuries to the starting rotation. Left-hander Christian Friedrich, who made his 2013 debut on Saturday against the Brewers, became the 11th starting pitcher the club has used this season.

"It's still pretty sore," Bergman said. "I wasn't able to grip a bat last night and I still can't hold a bat today.

"I'm not sure [if I can start Wednesday]. I'll be getting some treatment, so we'll have to see how it goes."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.