The Nationals called up Roger Bernadina from Triple-A Syracuse to help with a banged-up bench, while optioning lefty Jesse English to make room. Bernadina got the nod after going on a tear, he's batted .377/.426/.541 in 61 at bats in Syracuse while stealing two bases. English on the other hand had been very effective in the bullpen, posting a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances.
"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. He didn't get as much work as we wanted to. We want him to go down there, pitch and get more work."
Analysis: This is exactly the opposite of what we suggested earlier this week. The Nationals extra inning loss to the Cubs on Monday was a direct result of having an exhausted bullpen. Clippard, Capps, and Batistia were seemingly unavailable and Brian Bruney was forced to pitch in a situation he obviously wasn't comfortable in, resulting in the walk-off-walk. We at The Nats Blog suggested the Nationals bring up Storen or perhaps a Triple-A starter to throw in the bullpen until the starting pitching gets more stable. Now, instead of getting more help for a bullpen that has had to chew up a lot of