CHICAGO -- On Monday, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman talked about how the team needed to add an extra position player because three of its players -- Ryan Zimmerman, Willie Harris and Ivan Rodriguez -- are ailing.
With the benched strapped, the Nationals recalled outfielder Roger Bernadina from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned left-hander Jesse English to Syracuse following Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Cubs. Bernadina is expected to arrive in time for Wednesday afternoon's game against Chicago.
Bernadina has hit safely in 12 of the 13 games he's played this season at the Triple-A level, including all seven games during the past week. Five of his past six games were multihit efforts, giving him a league-best 13 hits to go along with a .464 average for the week.
As for English, he posted a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances with Washington. General manager Mike Rizzo told the left-hander that he did nothing wrong. The club had seven relievers and the team needed an extra hitter. It also didn't help that English didn't see much action. He last pitched a week ago Tuesday against the Rockies.
"We told him, 'This is not a demotion. This is a strategic roster move, because we feel that we need to get a healthy position player in there,'" Rizzo said. "He didn't get as much work as we wanted to. We want him to go down there, pitch and get more work."