Tag:Roger Bernadina
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:24 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Ankiel injury forces Bernadina back in

By Matt Snyder

Nationals center-fielder Roger Bernadina was scratched from the lineup Saturday because of tightness in his left hamstring and had been held out of the lineup ever since. Manager Jim Riggleman had said it was just a precautionary move, and we now know he wasn't lying.

Rick Ankiel got the start Tuesday night and had to be removed for a pinch hitter in the second inning after straining his left intercostal (ribcage) muscle (Mark Zuckerman via Twitter).

There was an interesting symmetry to the departure of Ankiel, because Bernadina was the man who replaced him. He collected a pair of singles in his first two at-bats, too.

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Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:01 am
Edited on: May 21, 2011 2:28 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Prince walks off

Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Prince Fielder, Brewers -- Milwaukee tied the game in the eighth and 13th, only to find itself down one once again in the 14th inning against the Rockies. With one on and one out, Fielder hit an absolute, no-doubt-about-it, bomb off of Felipe Paulino into the second deck in right field for the win.

Ezequiel Carrera, Indians -- In his first career at-bat, Carrera (not to be confused with either of the Indians' Cabreras) came into a tie game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning with a runner on third and two outs. On the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer, Carrerra laid down a nice bunt down the first-base line. Reds first baseman Joey Votto fielded it and tried to tag him, but missed, driving in the winning run.

Nationals offense -- After not scoring a run in their last 19 innings, the Nationals busted out with a team-record 17. Five different Nationals homered, including Jayson Werth, who hit two homers. Danny Espinosa, Roger Bernadina, Wilson Ramos and Laynce Nix also homered.


Koyie Hill, Cubs -- Hill had a passed ball and an error on a steal attempt that led to two runs -- and that was just in the first inning. The Cubs finished with four errors in the game, including two by Starlin Castro. Hill was also 0 for 3 at the plate in Chicago's 15-5 loss at Fenway Park.

Reds pitchers -- Cincinnati hurlers have now either hit or walked a batter with bases loaded 11 times this season, including three times in the sixth inning of Friday's 5-4 loss to the Indians. Reds starter Travis Wood didn't allow a hit until the sixth, but after three straight singles, he walked Asdrubal Cabrera to drive in the Indians' first run and then hit Shin-Soo Choo to make it 4-2. Logan Ondrusek then came into the game and walked the first batter he faced, Carlos Santana, making it 4-3.

Sergio Santos, White Sox -- Ozzie Guillen had yet to name Santos his official closer, but headed into Friday, Santos hadn't allowed a run all season, including spring training. After retiring the first two batters of the ninth with a one-run lead, the Dodgers' Russ Mitchell hit a solo homer to tie the game. Santos allowed three more runs in the 10th, leading to a 6-4 White Sox loss.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:22 am
 

Nationals hoping Bernadina sticks at leadoff

By Evan Brunell

BernadinaRoger Bernadina took a while to return to the majors, but now that he has, manager Jim Riggleman is hoping the center fielder is up for good, even after Rick Ankiel's return.

“We could use him there at the top of the lineup," manager Jim Riggleman told the Washington Post. Like a lot of things, we’re kind of reactionary. We react to how they play. If they play to a certain level, they make that decision easy for us. But he’s the more suited guy to lead off for us. We really want that to work."

Bernadina's only received 14 at-bats on the year so far in five games, but in the early going has flashed the potential that could install the 26-year-old as permanent leadoff man with a .286/.375/.357 line. He was in the running for the starting CF job in spring training, but lost out to Ankiel, likely in part due to his .246/.307/.384 line last season in 414 at-bats, which indicated he had a lot of work left to do.

Bernadina didn't quite deliver on that work in Triple-A as he racked up a .270/.352/.381 line with eight stolen bases in 18 games, but as long as he keeps that OBP over .350 and swipes bags at a 30-base clip, he'll be just fine and could help the Nats solve their leadoff issues. While Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa aren't quite leadoff types, they've received at-bats in the position and struggled before being moved out.

“Bernie is probably the closest one to somewhat of a classic leadoff hitter,” Riggleman added. “I think all of them are better suited to hit second. Roger probably, of the three, has got a better chance to settle in there hitting leadoff for us. We’ll take a look at that, and hopefully that will get us generating some offense here at the top.”

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Posted on: March 12, 2011 9:19 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 9:21 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/12: Castro, Ellsbury blossom

By Evan Brunell

CastroSaturday was a day full of star performances -- it was tough to whittle the list down to just three. Many of the stars were hitters, which comes as no surprise. Pitchers are only just now going deeper into games and transitioning from rounding everything into shape to competitively pitching while hitters are ahead of the curve.

3 UP

1. SS Starlin Castro, CHC: 3 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 4 RBI, 2 HR. Castro put on a power display Saturday, blasting two home runs and filling up the stat sheet. Castro is set to be the Cubs' starting shortstop in his first full season. While Castro impressed last season with a .300/.347/.408 line in 506 plate appearances, it was with just three home runs at age 20 and should add power over the next few years.

2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: 3 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 1 HR. Is Ellsbury a man on a mission to prove his detractors wrong after appearing in just 18 games last season and having his work ethic called into question? Now hitting .440 in spring training, Ellsbury could really turn heads if he returns to the lineup and builds upon his 2009 year (.301/.355/.415).

3. SP Zach Britton, BAL: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. The Orioles have to be thrilled with Britton, who now has given up no runs in 10 innings this spring. He has zero chance of breaking camp with the team, partly due to the major-league rotation being full and partly because there's no reason to call him up until June at the earliest to delay free agency another year. But don't worry, O's fans: Britton's coming to Baltimore ... soon.

3 DOWN

1. CF Roger Bernadina, WAS: 4 AB, 0 H, 3 K. Mike Morse is slated to be the Nationals' starting left fielder, narrowing the outfield competition to just center field where Nyjer Morgan is attempting to hold off Rick Ankiel and Bernadina. Unfortunately for Bernadina, just one terrible game could be enough to put him squarely behind in the competition. Given Morgan's incumbency and Ankiel's history, Bernadina already faced an uphill battle before flirting with the golden sombrero.

2. SP R.A. Dickey, NYM: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Dickey's got a lock on a rotation spot, but if he doesn't perform up to snuff could be replaced in the season. Such is the life of a journeyman knuckleballer. He'll have these days from time to time -- but he can't have too many of them.

3. SP Carlos Silva, CHC: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Poor Carlos Silva. This competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation must really be getting to him. After the clunker against the Reds which featured five projected starters, Silva has a ghastly 16.20 ERA. He may have sealed his fate with this game.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2010 6:33 pm
 

Riggleman wants new leadoff hitter for Nats

Roger Bernadina Nationals manager Jim Riggleman isn't sure who will be his leadoff hitter in 2011, but he's hoping the name comes from outside the organization.

There are several internal candidates such as Roger Bernadina, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Nyjer Morgan, but the Washington skipper sees them as options for the No. 2 spot, not leadoff.

But what if he has no choice but to choose a leadoff hitter from his current list of options?

"The players will make the decision, whether it's Morgan, Espinosa, Bernadina, whoever," Riggleman told MLB.com . "Somebody has to hit up there, and the one that doesn't will hit in the two spot. It's almost interchangeable.

"I think Nyjer can be a real plus for us in that two spot, but that means Desmond doesn't hit in the two spot, Bernadina [and Espinosa don't hit there, either]. It's going to have to work itself out at the end of the year and spring training."

All told, Morgan is likely the best internal option. Although suffering a down season by hitting .257/.317/.319 in 551 plate appearances with 33 stolen bases (and 17 caught), Morgan represents the best blend of on-base percentage and speed for Washington. After all, this is a player that stole 51 bases across two seasons of 2008-09, hitting .304/.363/.385 in full-time duty.

Bernadina (pictured) is receiving extended playing time in the bigs for the first time as a 26-year-old and has amassed 438 PA, hitting .256/.312/.400, stealing 16 bases. Bernadina has the speed and some more power than Morgan, but needs to improve his plate discipline before he can be viewed as a No. 2 hitter. Bernadina could end up the best long-term option, but Morgan should receive the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

Desmond, the starting shortstop and candidate for Rookie of the Year, has thrown up a .278/.316/.408 mark in 544 PA, swiping 16 bases. If Desmond can reclaim some place discipline he lost on the transfer from the minors to majors, he could be an excellent No. 2 hitter. Until then, he belongs in the No. 6 or 7 hole on a postseason-caliber team.

Lastly, Espinosa, in the hunt for the second base job next season, has a .224/.280/.539 line in 82 plate appearances, blasting six home runs. Power aside, Espinosa is struggling with the adjustment to the bigs. The 23-year-old hit .268/.337/.464 across Double- and Triple-A in 542 place appearances, so it doesn't seem like he'll have the bat skills to lead off or even bat No. 2, although he does have 25 stolen bases down on the farm. Espinosa, if he can improve his batting average/OBP and prove his power isn't a fluke, could be the ideal No. 5 hitter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Nats prepare for life without Morgan

Danny Espinosa
Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan will be sentenced Friday for his baseball crime spree, and while he might not have to serve his entire 15-game suspension, he's definitely going to be out for a while.

Roger Bernadina will likely man center field in Morgan's place, but manager Jim Riggleman will need to figure out who will bat leadoff. One intriguing possibility is rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa. The 23-year-old (pictured) spent most of the season at Double-A but has turned heads since his arrival, entering play Wednesday 9-for-18 with three homers and 10 RBI.

Those don't really sound like leadoff-man numbers, but Espinosa also has wheels. As CSNWashington.com notes, the switch-hitter was one of only two players in the minors to hit 20 homers and also steal 20 bases (Espinosa stole 25 total). Morgan's troubles could mean an opportunity for the rookie to make himself a big part of the Nationals' future plans.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:06 pm
 

Bad call gives Strasburg his first L

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg suffered the first loss of his career on Wednesday, losing to the Royals 1-0. However, the game wasn't without controversy as home plate Hunter Wendelstedt killed a sixth-inning Nationals rally with a bad call at the plate.

With runners on first and second in the sixth, Adam Dunn singled to right and Roger Bernadina tried to score on Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen. Guillen's throw was to the first-base side of home, Royals catcher Jason Kendall wheeled and placed the tag on Bernadina, apparently late, but Wendelstedt called him out.

With the naked eye, the play wasn't even close. Bernadina looked like his left leg slid past the plate by the time Kendall tagged him on the right knee. Replays showed Kendall tagged Bernadina on the left foot, but not before he touched the plate.

That was the second out of the inning and then Ian Desmond struck out against Brian Bannister to end the inning.

Bannister outpitched Strasburg, allowing five hits and no runs, while striking out four and walking two in six innings. Strasburg was no slouch, though, also going six, striking out nine and allowing nine hits, while walking none and giving up a run in the fifth. Strasburg is now 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his his first four starts -- a major league record.

Guillen's two-out RBI single in the fifth inning off of Strasburg plated the only run of the game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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