Roger Bernadina hoping to return quickly after hamstring tightness

SAN DIEGO - Outfielder Roger Bernadina, who was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup on Saturday night after feeling tightness in his left hamstring while shagging fly balls during batting practice, said he’s hopeful he’ll be able to play tomorrow. But Bernadina was still walking with a noticeable limp after the game, and with an off-day coming on Monday, it seems more likely he’ll sit out tomorrow.

“I’ve felt it a little bit before, but when I was shagging out there, it didn’t feel right,” Bernadina said. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow. It’s a little tight right now. But I’ll come in here and see how I feel. If I feel good, I would like to play.”

Manager Jim Riggleman said Bernadina told him his hamstring has given him occasional trouble, but had gone away before Saturday. He got treatment on his leg before the game, and the Nationals would like to have him in the lineup with right-hander Tim Stauffer on the mound tomorrow. Riggleman, though, is typically cautious with late scratches, and especially with a cross-country flight tomorrow night, Bernadina might get an extra day to rest.