Bergman making most of long-relief role

Bergman making most of long-relief role

DENVER -- Reliever Christian Bergman is the Rockies' long man. He was on their Opening Day roster for the first time this season, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 11 and was recalled one week later.

In 16 games, including one start, Bergman is 2-0 with a 4.72 ERA. He has made 11 appearances of two or more innings and has proven to be an important bullpen piece.

"He deserves a lot of credit for us being able to maintain some stability out there," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's our 911 guy. It's not a very glorified role, but it's a critical role, especially for where we play. Bridging two or three innings in a game is huge. It impacts us for the next two or three days.

"He's a guy that comes in, not only saves the 'pen, but he throws strikes. He gets outs. He keeps the game intact. Those guys tend to fly under the radar, but he's extremely important."

Worth noting

• Reliever Rafael Betancourt, who is on the 15-day disabled list with vertigo symptoms caused by a sinus infection, was scheduled to pitch on a rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday when the Rockies are off, but barring a setback, could be activated Tuesday.

"We'll see how today goes," Weiss said. "But I'm sure he'll be in the mix here pretty soon."

Jack Etkin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.