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BURLINGTON, VT –   The Washington Nationals announced in a press release today their intention to promote pitcher Jason Bergmann from Triple-A New Orleans to Washington on Sunday. That would make Bergmann the 41st former Vermont Expos player to reach the Major Leagues.

Bergmann was Montreal's 11th-round selection in the 2002 Draft out of Rutgers University and went 7-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 games (all starts) for Vermont. The 23-year-old right-hander was 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA for the Expos in 2002, allowing 27 runs (23 earned) on 48 hits with 33 walks and 57 strikeouts in 71. innings.

Bergmann switched from a starter to a reliever in June of 2002 and has played for both Triple-A New Orleans and Double-A Harrisburg this season. He has been a combined 5-2 with seven saves and a 2.19 ERA (18 earned runs in 74.0 innings) in 41 games out of the bullpen for New Orleans and Harrisburg in 2005.

Along with being the 41st former Expos player in the Major Leagues, Bergmann also becomes the 17th to spend time on a Major League roster in 2005.

VERMONT EXPOS – 29 August 2005

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