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Rick Ankiel coming off disabled list tomorrow, will be Nationals’ starting center fielder

Apr 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Rick Ankiel is ready to return from his quadriceps injury and manager Davey Johnson said today that he’ll come off the disabled list as the Nationals’ starting center fielder.

Roger Bernadina has started six of the Nationals’ seven games in center field, with Jayson Werth moving over from right field to take the other start.

Bernadina has hit just .238 with a .657 OPS in 260 career games, so it’s easy to see why Johnson and the Nationals are quick to replace him, although it’s also worth noting that Ankiel hit a nearly identical .239 with a .659 OPS in 122 games for Washington last season.

Michael Morse has been shut down for at least the next six weeks following a setback in his rehab for a lat muscle injury, so the Nationals can certainly use the outfield help, but Ankiel doesn’t figure to provide much relief offensively or defensively.

  1. natstowngreg - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Roger keeps getting opportunities, and keeps failing to seize them. So Ankiel will will continue to get playing time he doesn’t merit, until Rizzo acquires a CF, or the light goes on in Bernardina’s head, or Bryce Harper shows up (and he or Werth takes over CF).

  2. jyoung1891 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Ankiel has a reputation as an exellent defensive center fielder. Certainly has an excellent arm. Okay, the bat IS weak.

  3. burgundyngold21 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    If Ankiel can do anything, its play defense. that arm

  4. burgundyngold21 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    If Ankiel can do anything, its play defense. that arm………

  5. astrosfan75956 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Ankiel plays great d and saves runs with his Arm!

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