Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
With the Mariners preparing for Felix Hernandez's (shoulder) return from the 10-day disabled list Friday, Bergman will be dropped from the rotation to open up a spot for the former Cy Young Award winner. The Mariners called up Triple-A starter Andrew Moore in a corresponding move, but it's expected that he'll work in long-relief initially. Bergman turned in three quality starts during his eight-start stint with the Mariners, but with nine- and 10-run blowups mixed in, he ended up submitting an ugly 5.70 ERA over that span.
Bergman is a candidate to make a spot start Saturday against the Astros, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) was originally tabbed to start that contest, but he's now expected to make one more rehab start after putting together a disastrous outing Monday. Bergman seems like a decent candidate to pick up a start in his stead given some of his solid starts over the past month, although he also looked overmatched against better lineups, giving him a 5.44 ERA on the season. Sam Gaviglio is also an option for the assignment, although no official word has been revealed yet.
Bergman (4-4) earned the win and allowed two runs over 5.2 innings Sunday against the Rangers. He allowed four hits, struck out one and walked two.
After a brutal start in which he could not get through the third, this can be considered a solid bounceback start for Bergman. The only runs he yielded came on a Carlos Gome two-run homer in the second inning. One point of concern in Bergman's outing is the lack of strikeouts and the fact that he coerced only two swinging strikes against 22 batters.
Bergman (3-4) got pulverized to the tune of nine runs on 10 hits over 2.2 innings in Minnesota on Tuesday. He struck out three without a walk.
This marks the second unmitigated implosion by Bergman this season, joining his 10-run outing in Washington on May 23. If you take those two starts out, he's allowed just seven earned runs over 34 innings (1.85 ERA) in his other six MLB appearances this year, highlighting the boom-or-bust profile he's offered fantasy owners to this point. However, Bergman's tendency to serve up long balls (10 in 40.2 innings on the year) and awful 5.91 FIP suggest that we're likely to see him bust more often as the season continues.
Bergman (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over five innings in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Twins. He struck out six.
The young right-hander continues to impress, with Thursday's outing serving as his third consecutive start giving up two runs or less. That stretch followed his only disastrous start of the season, an outing in which he gave up 10 earned runs over four innings against the Nationals. Bergman has lowered his ERA from 6.30 to 4.03 since that appearance and has been missing more bats as of late, notching 13 swinging strikes over his five frames against the Twins and racking up six strikeouts for a second straight start. He'll look to keep his impressive performances going in a rematch with Minnesota at Target Field next Tuesday.
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