Bergmann gets a fresh start

Bergmann gets a fresh start

NEW YORK -- After Tuesday's game, Nationals manager Manny Acta announced that right-hander Jason Bergmann would make the start against the Mets on Thursday.

It will be Bergmann's second stint with the club. He made the Opening Day roster, but he was soon shipped to Triple-A Columbus on April 12.

After posting the best ERA in Spring Training, Bergmann had a tough time getting people out once the season began, giving up 16 runs over 12 1/3 innings.

Bergmann's roughest game came against the Marlins on April 9. He was cruising through the first four innings, but in the fifth, the Marlins scored seven runs.

A few days later, it was more of the same as Bergmann gave up four runs against the Braves.

"When you don't throw well and the team is losing, somebody has to take the hit," Bergmann said at the time. "I was not throwing well and that contributed to most of our losses."

Bergmann turned it around in the Minors, going 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA for Columbus. The Nationals will be making a corresponding move after Wednesday's game.

Pitching matchup
WAS: RHP Tim Redding (4-3, 3.83 ERA)
Say this much about Redding, when he has a bad outing, he says so. Last Friday was one of those days, when the Nationals were topped by the Marlins, 7-3, at home. Redding lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs -- five earned -- on four hits. Acta said that Redding wasn't pounding the strike zone like he usually does. Redding walked five batters and three of them scored.

NYM: RHP Claudio Vargas (11-6, 5.09 ERA in 2007)
Vargas went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts and 11 innings with the Mets' Triple-A New Orleans affiliate before getting called up on Tuesday. He made 23 starts for the Brewers last season. He has a 43-38 record with a 4.95 ERA in 153 games, 110 starts.

Cristian Guzman's eight-game hitting streak was snapped on Tuesday. ... Jon Rauch has a 2.95 ERA with seven saves.

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Up next
• Thursday: Nationals (Jason Bergman , 0-1, 11.68) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 2-3, 4.86), 1:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Nationals (Shawn Hill, 0-0, 3.56) at Orioles (Brian Burres, 3-4, 3.59, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Nationals (Odalis Perez, 1-3, 3.71) at Orioles (Garrett Olson, 2-0, 2.95), 7:05 p.m. ET

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.