August 21, 2013
By Nick Tricome
Center field has become a problem for the Phillies, since losing Ben Revere to a broken foot back in July.
They claimed Casper Wells off waivers in an attempt to improve their outfield depth, now the Phillies are turning to the recently released Roger Bernadina.
The 29-year old outfielder is a lefthanded hitter that was released by Washington on Monday, shortly after the Nationals acquired David DeJesus from the Cubs.
Bernadina has played all six of his Major League seasons in Washington, hitting .243 with 25 home runs, 107 RBIs and a .670 on-base plus slugging percentage in 468 games.
He had a good year in Washington last season, hitting .291 with five home runs, 25 RBIs and a .777 OPS in 129 games.
This season, however, has been a different story.
In 85 games with the Nationals, Bernadina hit .178 with a .517 OPS.
Bernadina is a decent defensive player and baserunner, but with the way the Phillies' season has gone, not much is really expected of him. He just needs to be a competent centerfielder.
With the Phillies picking up Bernadina, the club optioned Michael Martinez back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster.
Martinez is batting a very low .167 in 21 games for the Phillies in 2013, so it doesn't seem like it was a tough decision to figure out who was getting demoted.
(Image from the Washington Post)