WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Roger Bernadina was scheduled to hit second and play right field for the Nationals on Saturday, but he was scratched because of lower back tightness. Willie Harris replaced him in the lineup.
Before the game, a team spokesman said that Bernadina was available to pinch-hit, but in the bottom of the fifth inning, manager Jim Riggleman had to use right-hander J.D. Martin as a pinch-hitter for Stephen Strasburg because Bernadina was in too much pain. Riggleman wanted to save his position players such as Mike Morse, Cristian Guzman and Alberto Gonzalez for the late innings.
With the day off Monday, Bernadina will not play until Tuesday against the Padres.
Although Bernadina was picked off to end the game Friday, Riggleman said he will continue to play Bernadina on a regular basis. Riggleman is thinking about leaving Bernadina near the top of the order. However, Riggleman would like Bernadina to hit sixth or seventh in order to drive in runs.