Monday, May 5, 2014

Roger Bernadina to rejoin Reds in place of injured Jay Bruce

It's been a crazy 48 hours for Roger Bernadina.

On Saturday, the veteran outfielder was designated for assignment by the Reds to make room on the 25-man roster for Skip Schumaker. At that point, it seemed as though Bernadina's time with the Reds was over. And he was left searching for another team to play for.

However, in a weird twist of fate, Bernadina's services were immediately needed again by the Reds after they learned that Jay Bruce will miss 3-4 weeks due to minor knee surgery. Cincinnati could only hope and wait that Bernadina cleared waivers before entertaining the idea of bringing him back.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans, Bernadina did in fact clear waivers on Monday and has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville. The Reds are then expected to recall Bernadina in time for him to join the team in Boston Tuesday night, at which point Bruce will officially go on the disabled list.

The 29-year-old is currently hitting .143/.294/.179 in 35 plate appearances this year. He fared much better in spring training and that's what ultimately led to him making the Opening Day roster as a non-roster player.

Now, Bernadina will serve an even bigger role in his second stint with the franchise due to Bruce being sidelined with an injury.


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