Bergman throws live batting practice, feels strong

Bergman throws live batting practice, feels strong

DENVER -- Rockies rookie right-hander Christian Bergman reported feeling strong Friday while throwing 50 pitches in a live batting practice session -- his first time facing hitters since suffering a broken left hand when he was hit by a line drive June 20.

The cast was removed Friday before the session. Almost as important as throwing, Bergman (0-2, 7.20 ERA in three starts) felt good catching return throws from the catcher.

The plan is for Bergman to begin an injury rehab assignment next week for Double-A Tulsa. He expects to do some fielding practice before then to test the left hand.

With numerous injuries to the rotation, Bergman, 26, earned a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs and at times looked better than his stats would indicate. A 24th-round Draft pick in 2010 who has met tests at each Minor League level, Bergman hopes to have a chance to prove he is part of the Rockies' pitching future.

"It was frustrating having to shut it down, because I felt I was starting to get comfortable in this environment," Bergman said. "I'm ready to build off that."

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