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Desmond returns, plus Zimmerman update

Apr 28, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

Shortstop Ian Desmond came off the paternity leave list today, rejoining the Nationals after missing two days for the birth of his first child.

Desmond left the club Tuesday morning and made it to Sarasota, Fla., in time for wife Chelsey to deliver 6-pound, 11-ounce son Grayson that afternoon. He remained there yesterday before flying back to Washington today, where he went straight to Nationals Park and was in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Mets.

Major League Baseball created the paternity leave list this season, allowing clubs to replace expectant fathers on the roster during their absence.

Roger Bernadina, who was called up from Class AAA Syracuse Tuesday to take Desmond’s spot, was optioned back to the minors Thursday afternoon. The outfielder appeared in both games while in D.C., going
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  1. Harper_ROY_2012 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Boo! With Desmond back there is no need for Bixler, the Shark should have stayed up, he was one of the few positive notes last night!

  2. Will - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Roger Bernadina did in one game, what Matt Stairs could not do in 23- get a hit. How much longer do we wait for the 43 year old pinch-hitting "specialist" to get a hit. Hell, he's only even hit one ball out of the infield!He doesn't have any trade value and never will, he's incapable of playing both halves of the game, offense and defense. So what purpose does he serve except to block other potentially useful players?

  3. waddu eye no - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    baby pix?

  4. natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Congrats to "Big Daddy." Now, about those baby pics…





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