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Right-hander Jason Bergmann has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday. Bergmann had a chance to opt for free agency, but wanted to stay in the organization.
Last week, the Nationals designated Bergmann for assignment. He had been inconsistent during his five years with the team. He was 12-24 with a 5.04 ERA in 155 games. This season, Bergmann gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
When reached by phone Friday afternoon, Bergmann said he expects to be back in the big leagues soon, but needs to be more consistent on the mound.
“I’ve grown up with the Nationals my whole career,” Bergmann said. “Obviously, I want to play in the Major Leagues. I’m confident in my abilities and I will be back with the Nationals. If no one wanted to pick me up, that’s fine. But I have a chance to go back down to Syracuse, do my best and come back up.”
A day after learning that he has bone chips and inflammation in his right elbow, Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis found out that he will not need surgery.
The news comes after Marquis flew to Cincinnati on Thursday to get a second opinion from Dr. Tim Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director.
Marquis, who was given a cortisone shot, will not throw for seven to 10 days and then begin a throwing program soon thereafter. The Nationals are hoping that Marquis will be back on the mound in four to six weeks.
The elbow injury may explain Marquis’ performance Sunday. He gave up seven runs and became the first starter in Nationals history to not record an out. Marquis threw 28 pitches, 13 strikes, in that tough start, and he has given up 19 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings for Washington this season.
“It’s hard to pitch with [bone chips] in the elbow,” said general manager Mike Rizzo. “He was probably trying to gut it out. In my opinion, [the injury] probably has something to do with his poor performance.”
Marquis threw bullpen sessions the two days following his last start, but his elbow became stiff by Tuesday night. Marquis informed the team Wednesday morning and had an MRI and an arthrogram.
In other news, right-hander Jason Bergmann is currently on waivers. He could be outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse, become a free agent or taken by another team by Friday.
Last Thursday, the Nationals designated Bergmann for assignment. He had been inconsistent during his five years with Nationals. He was 12-24 with a 5.04 ERA in 155 games. This season, Bergmann gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The Nationals have tendered contracts to outfielder Josh Willingham, catchers Jesus Flores and Wil Nieves and pitchers Jason Bergmann, Brian Bruney and Sean Burnett on Saturday night.
The Nationals had an 11:59 p.m. ET deadline Saturday to make a decision on all six players, who are arbitration eligible.
Earlier in the day, Washington decided it would not be tendering 2010 contracts to pitchers Mike MacDougal and Scott Olsen.
Of all the players coming back, the biggest surprise is Nieves. It was believed that he would be non-tendered after the Nationals signed catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year $6 million, but they decided to keep Nieves because they feel he has been a valuable player — offensively and defensively — off the bench the last two years and can be insurance in case Jesus Flores is not ready for Spring Training.
Flores had surgery on his right shoulder and right elbow, and the team announced as recently as Friday that Flores would be ready for Spring Training.
“I can only go by what the medical people tell me. They say Jesus should be 100 percent ready to participate in Spring Training,” Rizzo said on Friday. “We take them at their word, but we all know that shoulders are very difficult to predict.”
As for Willingham, he is coming off a productive season in 2009. He started the year on the bench, but became a regular in June and hit .260 with 24 home runs and 61 RBIs. Willingham has been mentioned in trade rumors recently. Teams such as the Mets and Braves have interest in acquiring his services.
Bergmann showed improvement after the All-Star break, going 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA as a reliever. Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman often talked about wanting Bergmann back for the 2010 season.
“In my heart of hearts, I’ve been in this organization a long time. I love people that I play with and play for. I would like to stick around for a long time,” Bergmann said on Wednesday.
Bruney, who was acquired from the Yankees this past week, will compete for the closer’s role durinmg Spring Training.
Burnett was a quality reliever for the Nationals, who acquired him and center fielder Nyjer Morgan in a trade that sent outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-hander Joel Hanrahan to the Pirates in late June. In 33 games for Washington, Burnett went 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA.
The Nationals have decided to bring up right-hander Jason Bergmann from Triple-A Syracuse after Saturday’s game against the Braves. It will be Bergmann’s third stint in the big leagues this season.
Bergmann, who has a 6.91 ERA in 14 games, will be a middle reliever. The Nationals want Bergmann to throw more strikes than he did in the past.
The Nationals also designated Jesus Colome for assignment. He had a 8.40 ERA in 15 games. On Friday, Colome gave up a three-run homer to Braves utility man Brooks Conrad in the seventh inning.
About a minute after throwing his first bullpen session in front of his manager, right-hander Jason Bergmann went to Manny Acta and wanted to know what his role would be for the 2009 season. Acta immediately told Bergmann that he is considered a middle reliever.
The previous two years under Acta, Bergmann was a starter, but he didn’t pitch well in the role last year. He went 2-11 with a 5.09 ERA.
“He felt that it was better for him because his mental preparation would be better if he knew what he was going for,” Acta said.
When approached by reporters, Bergmann looked disappointed, but thankful he still has a chance to make the 25-man roster.
“It’s pitching,” Bergmann said. “My goal is to be in the Major Leagues. … There are 30 pitchers and everybody is going for a role on the team. I like to be one of them.”