The Washington Times - June 20, 2013, 08:43AM

PHILADELPHIA — As the Washington Nationals took the Philadelphia Phillies to the 11th inning before a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night, they did so with two men down on their bench. Chad Tracy’s back seized up on him during long toss before batting practice, and Roger Bernadina was a late scratch with what could be an infection in his left eye.

Both were technically available, the Nationals said, but Tracy required treatment for the majority of the game and Bernadina struggled to see clearly out of his eye.


Tracy, who wasn’t sure if the issue was a “rib or a muscle next to the spine,” spent most of the game in the training room having them work on him to get it loosened up. In the eighth inning, he told manager Davey Johnson he was fine to hit, and Johnson sent him to the plate to hit for Gio Gonzalez.

But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel countered with left-hander Antonio Bastardo so Johnson pulled Tracy back in favor of the right-handed Chris Marrero. 

“I didn’t want him to wrench anything,” Johnson said. “They’d been working on him and rubbing him but he had a big old knot in his back.

“It loosened up and he came out there like a trooper and said I’ll hit if you need me. But he couldn’t even take BP early. He had to come off the field. They worked on him for seven innings and he came out and said I can give you an at-bat.”

Tracy said he was feeling better after the game, and thought with a few days of treatment he would be fine.

“I’ll be fine to get an at-bat a night,” he said. “I just have to have to time it out when I get hot. Make sure I’m walking up there at the peak. I timed it pretty good tonight. I would’ve been fine if I hit the righty.” 

Bernadina, on the other hand, expected to see an eye doctor on Thursday.

The outfielder’s left eye was extremely red and he said it was very cloudy. He did not take batting practice because it was so difficult for him to see the ball.

“He couldn’t have done nothing,” Johnson said. “He’s gonna see the eye doctor when we get home. So that’s why I was warming up (Ross) Ohlendorf in that inning, because I didn’t want to use my last player and he was gonna have to bunt him over coming in.

“I’m worried about him, because he couldn’t see out of his eye.