Nationals outfielder Lyance Nix and Roger Bernadina are both nursing injuries that will keep them out for another three or four days, Manager Davey Johnson said.
Bernadina, as we reported Monday, sliced opened his left hand while making a diving catch Sunday, three days after the Nationals called him up from Class AAA Syracuse. Bernadina could pinch-hit or play the field, but he still cannot hold a bat.
Nix strained his groin Sept. 1 in Atlanta while making an awkward base running play. At the time, he hoped he would miss only a couple games. Nix pinch-hit yesterday and grounded out, his first appearance since the injury. Nix can not yet play the field, but he sprinted today for the first time since the injury and should return “in the next few days,” he said.
Nix has missed more time than he originally expected, “but with the nature of it being an attachment in the middle of my body, that’s kind of how these things go in this sport,” Nix said. “There’s no point to jump in too fast if I don’t have to. But I should be healthy for the rest of the year.”
It has been a frustrating year for Nix with injuries. He played his way into the starting lineup in the first half of the season, hitting .274/.315/.502 with 12 homers in 232 plate appearances before the all-star break. Hampered by a lingering Achilles’ tendon injury and now the groin strain, Nix has hit .211/.276/.389 with four homers in 98 plate appearances in the second half. Still, he’s stayed upbeat.
“I’m going to get to the finish line,” Nix said, laughing. “I’ll be alright.”