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Phillies pick up OF Bernadina

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The Philadelphia Phillies signed former Washington Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina to a contract on Wednesday.

Bernadina was released Monday by the Nationals after hitting .178 with two home runs and six RBIs in 85 games and 29 starts.

The 29-year-old veteran could see time with the Phillies in center field, which has been a trouble spot since Ben Revere suffered a broken ankle. John Mayberry Jr., Casper Wells and Michael Martinez have lacked consistency at the position. Martinez was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday to make room for Bernadina.

The Washington Post reported that 12 teams expresssed interest in Bernadina, but he picked the Phillies because of his familiarity with the team and his .309 career average in Citizens Bank Park,

Bernadina had his best season in 2012 when he hit .291 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 129 games.

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