PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals played 11 innings tonight, and they did so with a short bench.
Outfielder Roger Bernadina was scratched from the Nats' lineup before the game due to a left eye infection, and infielder Chad Tracy spent the game getting treatment on a tight back that held him out of batting practice before the game.
Neither injury is thought to be too serious at this point, but they made things a bit tougher on manager Davey Johnson during tonight's 6-2, 11-inning Nats win.
Bernadina said he woke up this morning and felt something was wrong with his left eye. He had trouble seeing, and everything was cloudy. After the game, the eye was bloodshot.
"Bernadina, he couldn't see out of one eye," Johnson said. "He had some kind of infection. He wanted to go out and take BP but he couldn't even see the ball."
The Nats will have an eye doctor take a look at Bernadina when they get back to D.C.
As for Tracy, he felt his back/rib area tighten up when he was long-tossing before the game. He iced the back repeatedly throughout the game, and got it worked on by the Nats' medical staff. It loosened up to the point that he told Johnson he could get an at-bat, if needed. Johnson called on Tracy in the eighth, but he ended up not actually getting a plate appearance.
Tracy was announced as a pinch-hitter and then replaced by the right-handed-hitting Chris Marrero when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel brought on left-hander Antonio Bastardo.
"He came out there like a trooper and said, 'I'll hit if you need me,' " Johnson said. "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.'
"I was kinda glad they brought in the left-hander because I didn't want him to wrench anything. They'd been working on him and rubbing him but he had a big old knot in his back."
Tracy said he isn't sure if it's a rib issue or a muscle next to the spine, but while it might be something he'll need to deal with for a couple days, he thinks he'll be OK.
"I think a couple days of treatment, I'll be fine," Tracy said. "I just have to time it out when I get hot. Make sure I'm walking up there (to the plate) at the peak."