The Washington Nationals will finally get all of their players back in camp this week when outfielder Roger Bernadina returns from his elongated stay in the World Baseball Classic.
Bernadina, who left Nationals camp on Feb. 24 and helped the Dutch team earn pool victories in Taiwan and Japan, was 1-for-4 in the Netherlands’ 4-1 loss to the Dominican Republic Monday night in the WBC semi-final.
It was the end of a remarkable run for the Dutch team.
“What a great experience to play for the Dutch team,” Bernadina, whose nickname is “The Shark” wrote on twitter late Monday night. “Happy to be part of this team, thanks for the support guys, the shark self…”
Bernadina, who will return to his role as the Nationals’ fourth outfielder this season, did get hit with a pitch on the forearm during the second round of play but he avoided major injury.
Depending on when he makes his way back to Viera, Bernadina will return to camp with roughly 10 games remaining in the Nationals’ spring training schedule.