The Rockies are expected to recall right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start against the Braves on Monday, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. The club has yet to confirm the move, but if it happens, Monday will mark Bergman's major league debut.
Bergman, 26, has posted a 3.84 ERA in 12 starts with the Sky Sox this season, striking out 48 batters and walking only 14 in 75 inning. The Glendale, Calif. native has a slight fly ball profile this year, though that hasn't always been the case. What has always been part of his game is pitching to contact; Bergman issues very few walks (1.6 per nine innings in his minor league career) but certainly doesn't classify as a strikeout pitcher, especially at higher levels. Bergman has whiffed 5.8 batters per nine innings in each of the last two seasons, which were spent in Colorado Springs and Double-A Tulsa.
Harding notes that Bergman lines up for a Monday start, whereas Jon Gray and Tyler Matzek -- in addition to Daniel Winkler -- wouldn't be on schedule to pitch that day. The Rockies will still have to perform some tinkering with their 40-man roster to add Bergman to the big league rotation, as also would have been the case with Gray and Winkler.
Bergman, for now at least, is taking the rotation spot of Jordan Lyles, who suffered a broken left (non-throwing) hand in the Rockies' 16-8 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
UPDATE (12:28 p.m. MT): The Rockies have confirmed Bergman will be the starter on Monday.