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Bergmann to bullpen

Some news broke this afternoon, and I'll come back as soon as possible with more reaction to the move. But here's the bulletin-style dispatch:

The Nats are moving Jason Bergmann to the bullpen, replacing him in the rotation with 21-year-old Shairon Martis.

Reaction to follow soon.

Meantime, the lineups...


Harris - 7
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Milledge - 8
Dukes - 9
Boone - 3
Bonifacio - 4
Nieves - 2
Redding - 1


Anderson - 8
Johnson - 4
C. Jones - 5
McCann - 2
Escobar - 6
Kotchman - 3
B. Jones - 9
Blanco - 7
Hampton - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  September 6, 2008; 6:05 PM ET
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I expect they'll start shutting down Lannan and Redding soon, too, rather than overwork them.
Say, who's the backup first baseman now?

Posted by: CE | September 6, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Let me rephrase that--Is Boone the starter, or Casto?

Posted by: me again | September 6, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

my guess is yes. or no. or neither. and they'll both play. along with meat when he's back. with no declared starter.

Posted by: 231 | September 6, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the Nats make this move just before Bergmann was shipped to Columbus and when he was brought in for his lone relief appearance didn't he just throw BP? Guess it's better than finishing with a 2-16, record though.

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 6, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

St Claire always gets the credit for the work he does with pitchers. This is a St Claire failure. Bergman's confidence has been destroyed. He has major league stuff.
We all have seen it. His problem isn't mechanics.

Pitching is more than mechanics. That's all St Claire talks about when a pitcher has a bad day. 80% of pitching is between the ears. Have you ever watched St Claire interaction with his pitchers? It's a classic parent/child relationship. These are grown men he working with. Lannan is lucky his father is still his main go to guy for his pitching. Have you noticed Ballester's ERA creeping up since he was called up? Same for Manning. Perez started the year great because of his relationship with Jose Rios. Redding can't get through the 5th inning. It's got to be a mental block.

Posted by: Pitching Psychology 101 | September 6, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Platoon. Casto can't hit lefties. Boone - 3-16, .188 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI, lifetime against Hampton. I miss Ronnie.

And Bergmann losing his starter job will really help his mental outlook.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 6, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

pop psychiatrist, have you read everything that's been said by st claire about bergmann. he didn't say bergmann's problems were all mechanical. he said they were mental and that the problems he has mentally *LEAD* to mechanical issues.

Posted by: 231 | September 6, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Good memory, leetee1955. 2 games, both against Atlanta, 4 innings pitched, 11.25 era. Dumped him for a month after his first two starts. Came back smoking in May and and mostly quality through July, losing heartbreakers.

He'll be somebody else's...

Posted by: cat daddy | September 6, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Webb of the 1st place D-backs going for win #20 against LA today.

Webb's final numbers: 5.2 innings pitched, seven runs (all earned) on five hits, seven walks with six strike outs while throwing 101 pitches.

Put him in the 'pen.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 6, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

You cut a guy a bit more slack when he's going for his 20th win this late in the season than when he's going for his third.

Posted by: this pastime of nationals | September 6, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Same old Carpy. Way to call the play and almost look like an idiot. Again.
Jesus, man. You're on TV. Call what you SEE, not what you think you're gonna see.

(Re: Dukes' homerun that cleared the wall by two feet after a Carpy scream fest. "THERE IT GOES!")

Posted by: Section 138 | September 6, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

You cut a guy a bit more slack when he's going for his 20th win this late in the season than when he's going for his third.

Posted by: this pastime of nationals

Bergmann would have had a few more wins pitching with D-Backs bats, which is why W-L records don't mean much. He was one of the few to go 6-7 innings early.
But, considering the comments in the next thread, he's done in DC.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 6, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Charlie did a read that Bergman nis scheduled to appear at the ESPN Zone downtown at noon on Sept. 17. He's a stand-up guy, hope he comes.

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 6, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

cat daddy, you're not seriously comparing bergmann's situation to that of a recent cy young winner who is also one of the leading candidates for this year's cy young, are you?

look, if bergmann can win 14, 16, 18, and 19 (and counting) games over four straight seasons, then he has room to complain.

Posted by: 231 | September 6, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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