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Washington Nationals: Send Garrett Mock To Syracuse; Call Up Roger Bernadina.

Instead of sending a reliever out this morning as some (including me) had speculated, the Washington Nationals gave struggling starter Garrett Mock a ticket to Syracuse on Sunday as they made room on the roster for Livan Hernandez by optioning the struggling right-handed starter to their Triple-A affiliate, just as it was announced the fleet-footed outfielder Roger Bernadina hade been called down from upstate New York to replace the injured Mike Morse on the roster after the backup IF/OF was placed on the 15-Day DL this morning with what MLB.com's Bill Ladson (@washingnats) referred to in a Twitter note as a "left calf injury" which Morse sustained in the outfield a few games back. 

Mock, who eked out the fifth spot in the rotation, besting left-hander Scott Olsen to the surprise of many who'd watched each pitcher's last few Spring starts, struggled in his only outing, walking 5 in 3.1 IP over which he gave up 4 hits and 2 ER, recording 3 K's along the way, while continuing to experience control issues. Where exactly Mock will fit into the Nationals' future plans is somewhat uncertain. With Chien-Ming Wang and Stephen Strasburg slated to be part of the rotation in late May or June, the 27-year-old right-hander might not have many more chances to become a full-time starter in DC. 

Roger Bernadina, thought by many to be ready to assume an important (everyday?) role in the Nats' outfield plans this season, disappointed this Spring, and failed to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, but after hitting in 6 of 15 at bats with the Syracuse Chiefs, with a triple, HR and 2 stolen bases, the 25-year-old outfielder got the call early enough this morning that he was in the locker room once everyone arrived at Citi Field today. Bernadina joins, Nyjer Morgan, Willie Harris and Willy Taveras in what could possibly be one of the fastest outfields (ever) assembled...

Mock's future? Who knows. Morse? Couldn't pick a worse time for an injury...

(ed. note - "MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling (@masnben) just Tweeted that, '...The #Nats plan to call Scott Olsen up to replace Garrett Mock in the rotation. He'll face the #Phillies on Thursday.' More moves to follow?")