The Dodgers added another outfielder to their roster. This afternoon they called up Roger Bernadina from the Albuquerque Isotopes. He will wear a Dodger uniform for the first time.
Back in early July, the Dodgers signed the recently released veteran outfielder to a minor league contract and assigned him to Albuquerque. He slashed .246/.380/.351 while there. In seven Major League season with the Nationals, Reds and Phillies he slashed .236/.306/.352; while stealing 59 bases in 71 attempts. So, the Dodgers hope Bernadina provides some outfield depth and speed on the basepaths.
Per a Dodger press release:
BTW, Bernardino is from Curacao, like Kenley Jansen, and played for the Dutch National Team during the recent World Baseball Classic. He is 30-years old and bats left-handed.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of outfielder Roger Bernadina (#18) from Triple-A Albuquerque and transferred right-hander Josh Beckett to the 60-day disabled list. Los Angeles now has 34 players on its active roster.
(pic via @NumbersMLB on twitter)
Bernadina, 30, opened the season with Cincinnati and was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on July 8, batting .246 with two doubles, two triples and two RBI in 23 games with the Isotopes. He has a .236 career batting average with 59 steals, 27 home runs and 117 RBI in 539 games in seven big league seasons with the Nationals (2008-13), Phillies (2013) and Reds (2014).
In celebration of Roger Bernadina's promotion to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him. I used a photograph grabbed from Wikimedia Commons/UCinternational (along with some photoshopped images from around the web) and the 1964 Topps Baseball card design.
Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
Below, watch Bernadina drive in the winning run on a sacrifice fly this past Sunday, August 31st, to help the Isotopes defeat the Las Vegas 51's, 12 to 11.
Wow! Bernadina has quite a glove. Watch this fantastic catch from 2011 for the Nationals. (And here's another from last year, here)
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