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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Christian Bergman hits DL with broken hand

By on 6/25/2014 03:20:00 PM

Add another name to the Colorado Rockies' disabled list. This time, it is right-hander Christian Bergman who has hit the DL with a broken right hand after only three starts in the Major Leagues. Bergman becomes the ninth Rockie currently on the disabled list and fourth on the 60-day DL.'s Thomas Harding announced the news Wednesday afternoon.

Bergman took a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez last Friday night in the top of the third inning of his third Major League start.

Bergman finished the inning and then came out in favor of Tommy Kahnle. According to Harding, Bergman initially thought that since his hand started to feel better that he would not miss any starts. He was supposed to start Wednesday against the Cardinals. However, an MRI revealed a broken bone in his right hand.

Bergman will wear a cast for six weeks and then begin rehabbing. It is not his throwing hand, but he will need it at full strength to catch the ball. Bergman discussed the MRI results Tuesday. Said Bergman,
"It turns out the spot where it was still sore is where it's broken. It was a surprise to me. Even after learning that, I still wanted to pitch [Wednesday]. But there's a little knob that sticks off of it, and that's where it's broken. There's a tendon that runs across that knob. If I were to do something funny and sever that tendon, that would be an even bigger problem."
Bergman is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in his three starts, totaling 15 innings. His first two games resulted in quality starts, but he allowed seven earned runs in his three innings last Friday night in a wild affair that Milwaukee won 13-10.

Meanwhile, lefty Yohan Flande is making his Major League debut by taking Bergman's start against the Cardinals. Flande is the 12th starting pitcher the Rockies have used already this season.

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