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


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.