ATLANTA -- Roger Bernadina put his flair for the dramatic catch on display once again Friday night at Turner Field, making an outstanding grab to rob Jason Heyward of extra bases while slamming his body hard off the left-field wall.
Bernadina reported back to Turner Field on Saturday with "a little stiff neck," according to manager Davey Johnson, but Bernadina could still play off the bench if necessary.
"It was a great catch," said Bryce Harper, who saw it unfold from center field. "All the people yelling and screaming at him and things like that, keeping his composure and being able to catch that ball was pretty impressive."
Bernadina said after Friday's game that he would be fine, and he wasn't even concerned about injuring himself when he left his feet to make the play. He went down to the grass on his knee after making the play, prompting a visit from the trainer and Johnson.
"You just go about the game. It didn't feel good, but I focused on the game," Bernadina said. "That moment, I'm so focused on the game, you don't pay attention to it."
The Nats were behind, 1-0, at that point in the fifth inning, and Atlanta had a runner at first who could have scored had Heyward's line drive bounced off the wall. Still, Bernadina knew he was going to hit the wall -- and hit it hard, given the way he was running toward it -- but didn't allow himself to think about it.
"You just go on instinct. I know I was pretty close," Bernadina said. "The only play I could make was to jump to get it. I had to keep us in the game."