WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he is not giving up on outfielder Roger Bernadina, who was able to get a start in left field against the Astros on Wednesday.
Since Rick Ankiel returned from his left quad injury last Saturday, Bernadina has spent most of the time on bench. He is off to a slow start, going 4-for-28 (.143) entering Wednesday's game.
Would the Nationals try to trade Bernadina? An opposing executive believes it would be impossible, because it has taken Bernadina's bat too long to develop. Bernadina entered the season with a .242 career batting average, and he is out of Minor league options.