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Desmond on paternity leave, Bernadina up

Apr 26, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

Updated at 6:29 p.m.

The Nationals have placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the newly created paternity leave list and recalled outfielder Roger Bernadina from Class AAA Syracuse to temporarily take his roster spot.

Desmond's wife, Chelsey, had been due to give birth to the couple's first child in Sarasota, Fla., and the Nationals had been prepared for the shortstop's departure for the last week. Grayson Wesley Desmond was born at 3:56 p.m., weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

Major League Baseball created the paternity leave list this season, allowing expectant fathers to come off the roster for up to three days, with a replacement promoted from the minors to fill that spot. Desmond becomes the second big-leaguer to go on the list, joining Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.

Desmond has gotten off to a sluggish start to the season, hitting .205 with two homers and eight RBI over his first 20 games. He's also committed seven errors, tied with Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for theRead more »

  1. Natinal - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    It should be noted that Desmond is only tied with Starlin Castro because the Cubs' SS had 3 last night.

  2. K.D. - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Welcome back Bernie….and best wishes to the Desmond family.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Don't let him hold the baby, he's liable to drop it.

  4. Mark'd - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Welcome back to DC Roger!

  5. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Yes, Castro and Desmond are tied for the most errors at SS but at least Castro can provide some offense.

  6. SonnyG10 - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Good one, Anon 3:26. Got a big chuckle out of that.Show us something Roger!

  7. N. Cognito - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    .205 is not a sluggish start. It's moribund.

  8. Mark'd - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Anon @ 3:26. That joke has been told on here quite a few times. Cute the first time, just not funny any more. Let's be happy for the Desmond family.

  9. The Joker - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Castro will overtake Desmond by time of Ian the Juggler's return.

  10. JD - Apr 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    N.Cognito Brett Gardner .136 Jorge Posada .145 Carlos Pena .169 Carl Crawford .171 Raul Ibanez .179 Mark Reynolds .179 Dan Uggla .183 Hanley Ramirez.194 Tory Hunter .196Carlos Santana .200 I think it is a sluggish start; and you guys should be given a 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

  11. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Adam Dunn .158

  12. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    >>>I think it is a sluggish start; and you guys should be given a 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.<<<We're losing games that we should win in the process, though. That's the problem.If we were winning and sluggish then it would be no problem.

  13. JD - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    We are 10 and 11; you think we are under performing?

  14. Anonymous - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Absolutely!We’ve lost to Capuano, Karstens and PAUL MAHOLM! Those are three wins more wins we should have.Paul Maholm being the worst among them.

  15. JD - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    And the fans of the other teams are saying: "how could we lose to Hernandez,Lannan Gorezelany?"

  16. Richard - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    The way the Nats are using the Syracuse Chiefs –like a taxi squad were a .250 BA or even less gets you promoted to the Bigs not b/c you deserve it or b/c you're needed but for no good reason or b/c it's the best the Nats FO can think of — I'm lusting for Richmond as the Nats AAA affiliate, provided a new ballpark somehow gets built. I can understand why the Twins are in Rochester and of course why the Mets are in Buffalo, but what are the Nats doing in Syracuse — very much unloved by the locals and with no chance of building a fanbase?

  17. FS - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    I have to agree with JD. some things are being blown out of proportions but the offense needs to wake up sooner, when pitching remains consistently good.@ natinal, Castro has errors in 22 games and Desmond has in 20 games. He literally, single-handedly beat Cubs yesterday. Desmond also had those kind of games, no doubt and I am tired of the errors; but still willing to give him a little more time.

  18. TimDz - Apr 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    JD said… N.CognitoBrett Gardner .136Jorge Posada .145Carlos Pena .169Carl Crawford .171Raul Ibanez .179Mark Reynolds .179Dan Uggla .183Hanley Ramirez.194Tory Hunter .196Carlos Santana .200______________________________I can't give any advice to the others on this list, but if Carlos Santana is only hitting .200, he should probably put down the Fender Stratocaster and use a bat….

  19. natsfan1a - Apr 26, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Indeed, TimDz. Maybe he could also consult a black magic woman.

  20. Grandstander - Apr 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    I don't know, I hear when he gets hot, his hitting is supernatural.

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