Bergen fired a perfect first inning Saturday in the win over Atlanta. He did not factor in the decision. Bergen made his second appearance of the season and second start as the opener Saturday. He has fired two perfect first innings in his appearances. Toronto's decision to turn to the bullpen for the entirety of the game worked in its favor and Bergen will likely serve as the opener again in the future. The 27-year-old has recorded only 30 innings in the majors, but he has started out strong in 2021.
Bergen will serve as the opener in Saturday's game against Atlanta, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports. The Blue Jays plan to use Saturday's game as a bullpen game, and manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed that Bergen will be on the mound to begin the contest. Bergen made his season debut against Washington on Friday and struck out one in a perfect relief inning.
Bergen was recalled from the Blue Jays' alternate training site Wednesday. He will give the Jays some bullpen depth as a corresponding move for Hyun Jin Ryu (glute) landing on the injured list.
Bergen was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Saturday. Bergen was added to the major-league roster Friday, but he failed to appear in the team's win over the Rays. He'll now head back to the alternate training site as part of a shuffle to make room for Jordan Romano (elbow) and Ty Tice in the big-league bullpen.
Bergen was recalled by Toronto on Friday. The 27-year-old lefty has thrown 28 career major-league innings, posting a 4.82 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He's shown poor control walking 14.9 percent of opposing batters. Tanner Roark landed on the Family Medical Emergency List in a corresponding move.
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