Bergmann grateful for recall to bigs

Bergmann grateful for recall to bigs

WASHINGTON -- A day after it was announced that he would be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and start against the Mets on Thursday afternoon, right-hander Jason Bergmann said on Wednesday that he is grateful to get another chance in the big leagues.

The last time Bergmann was in the big leagues was in early April, and his time on the mound wasn't pretty. After posting the best ERA on the club in Spring Training, Bergmann had a tough time getting people out once the regular 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.

After being sent down to Columbus on April 12, Bergmann was still having problems on the mound, but pitching coach Steve McCatty noticed that Bergmann wasn't using the lower half of his body and was putting too much stress on his arm. McCatty's realization helped Bergmann get his confidence back.

With restored confidence and tweaks to his mechanics, Bergmann went 2-2 with a respectable 3.72 ERA for Columbus.

"It's a second chance," Bergmann said. "They sent me down pretty quickly. Steve McCatty helped me get my confidence back."

To make room for Bergmann, the Nationals optioned right-hander Chris Schroder to Columbus. Schroder posted a 2.25 ERA in three appearances with Washington this season.

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