DENVER -- Rockies right-handed starting pitcher Christian Bergman will have a chance Sunday to continue what has been an eye-opening season. Bergman will start against the Marlins at Coors Field.
A 24th-round Draft choice out of Cal-Irvine, Bergman was an All-Star at every level before earning a promotion to the Majors in early June. But that lasted just three games, before a line drive by the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez hit him in the left hand, just above the base of his glove, in the third inning of a game on June 20. Bergman suffered a broken bone. At the time, he was 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA. But the previous two starts, he went six innings and gave up two runs and three runs, respectively.
Bergman had five rehab starts, one at Double-A Tulsa and the last four at Triple-A Colorado Springs. In those last four, he posted a 4.69 ERA but eight of the 12 earned runs off him came during one difficult appearance.
"My last two starts were pretty good down at Colorado Springs [three runs, 13 hits in 13 innings], and I swung the bat in my last game with no problems at all, and I had no problems catching the ball," said Bergman, 26. "My arm feels loose and efficient."
The Rockies sent lefty Yohan Flande to Colorado Springs on Friday, when they purchased first baseman-outfielder Matt McBride's contract. They'll need to clear spots on the active roster and the 40-man Major League roster when they activate Bergman for Sunday's game.
While many Rockies fans want to see high Draft picks Eddie Butler and Jon Gray, both pitching at Double-A Tulsa, manager Walt Weiss said those two are still ironing out some issues, and Bergman merited the opportunity.
"He could be an interesting guy for us, with the feel he has for pitching and the ability to command the ball," Weiss said.
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