VIERA, Fla. -- After Friday's loss to the Astros, manager Davey Johnson said that outfielder Roger Bernadina was "going through the doldrums." It didn't help that Bernadina was hitting .189 with an RBI after that game.
After taking Saturday off because of a toe injury, Bernadina was back in the lineup Sunday and Monday and has been on a tear, going a combined 5-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs to raise his batting average to .279. It helps that he is hitting the ball all over the field.
"Early in the spring, he was swinging well. Then he got into a little funk. Now he is coming back, attacking the ball," Johnson said. "With his speed, you are looking for him to bunt, hit a few little soft ones in there. But he has tremendous power. He is a big, strong guy. He doesn't have a whole lot of baseball background, so he is still learning about himself. I like what I've been seeing the last two or three times out."
The left-handed-hitting Bernadina, who is out of Minor League options, is fighting to be one of Washington's bench players, and Johnson said he is looking to have more of a left-handed presence off the bench.
Asked if he was worried about making the team, Bernadina said, "Nah, I don't worry about that. I want to get in a groove to help the ballclub somehow -- get on base. Whatever it is, I'll see what happens. I don't worry about that right now."