Nationals place SS Desmond on paternity leave list

The Washington Nationals have placed shortstop Ian Desmond on
the paternity leave list and recalled outfielder Roger Bernadina
from Triple-A Syracuse.

Desmond’s wife, Chelsey, gave birth Tuesday to the couple’s
first son, Grayson Wesley Desmond.

Manager Jim Riggleman says he expects Desmond to miss two
games.

Bernadina was hitting .267 with one home run and two RBIs in 13
games with Syracuse.

Riggleman also says that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is playing
some catch and doing some running. Zimmerman is on the 15-day
disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle and hasn’t played
since April 9.

Riggleman said Zimmerman will probably have a rehabilitation
assignment before returning to the big league club.