DENVER -- Rockies rookie right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman's ailing left hand and wrist -- sore and swollen since he was hit at the base of his glove by a line drive in his last start -- have made dramatic progress, and his status for his start on Wednesday afternoon against the Cardinals has gone from doubtful to probable.
Bergman (0-2, 7.20 ERA) underwent an MRI exam on Monday, but will go for additional testing Tuesday. If the results are clear of structural damage, he will start the finale against the Cards and a former Fort Collins prep star, left-hander Marco Gonzales -- the Cardinals' top Draft pick last year, who will be making his Major League debut.
However, the Rockies scratched left-hander Johan Flande from his scheduled start for Triple-A Colorado Springs against Reno on Monday night and have him standing by as a precaution. Flande is 2-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 14 games, including 13 starts, at Colorado Springs.
Bergman, three games into his Major League career, said he has regained much of the range of motion in the hand. A line drive by the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez caused Bergman's injury.
"If I had to guess, it's fine," Bergman said. "I think it'll be just like a pain tolerance thing."
As for hitting, Bergman said he can grip the bat, but "I don't know if I want to swing it."
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