Roger Bernadina Injury: Nationals Outfielder Expects To Be Ready For Opening Day

The Washington Nationals should have their starting centerfielder Roger Bernadina ready to go for the start of the season. Bernadina suffered a contusion on his right knee in a Monday spring training game. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Bernadina is expected to be "fine" for opening day.

Bernadina iced his knee, which was hit on an errant pick off throw, to reduce the swelling. He delivered his own diagnosis to Kilgore. Bernadina happened into the starting centerfield job after Rick Ankiel landed on the disabled list recently. Brett Carroll replaced Bernadina in Monday's game against the Red Sox.

Bernadina hit .243/.301/.362 with seven home runs in 91 games last season. He has a .668 OPS since first seeing major league action with the Nationals in 2008.

Washington added Ankiel and three other players, including reliever Drew Storen, to the disabled list on Monday.

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