9/3/2013 1:05 A.M. ET
Nats face former teammate Bernadina in Philly
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina was in the starting lineup for the Phillies on Monday, hitting eighth and playing right field.
The Nationals released Bernadina on Aug. 19 to make room for outfielder David DeJesus. At the time of his release, Bernadina was hitting .178 with two home runs and six RBIs. His hitting wasn't the only thing that disappointed the Nationals. He was also known to make baserunning mistakes.
"I like him. He just didn't get much playing time early because we had a set lineup," manager Davey Johnson said. "But he should have been used to that. Early on, it looked like he was guessing for pitches because he wasn't aggressive.
"Again, all things come back to you having to stay aggressive in the box. First pitch may be the best pitch you get. They threw a lot of changeups and offspeed stuff. I think he missed a lot of fastballs, because he started getting into that guessing game."
Asked if was he surprised that the Nationals released him, Bernadina said: "You never want to get released, of course. I will say I was a little bit shocked. I wasn't performing well. … It's a business. I understand that part. I wish it had been a better ending, but I understand it's part of business.
"I think they wanted me for a long time. I wouldn't be in that organization for that long. In the end, it didn't work out like I wanted it to."
Bernadina was a popular figure with the D.C. fans and his teammates. He was lovingly known as "The Shark" because of the handful of great catches he made in the outfield.
"I love my teammates. I love the fans in D.C. I'm looking forward to going over there to see my teammates again," Bernadina said.
Bernadina has been with the Phillies for the last two weeks and his hitting didn't get any better, but he has made some nice plays in the outfield.
"Ever since I came here, they really want me. It's a new opportunity to play somewhere, play more," Bernadina said. "They have given me the chance to play. I think the teammates are great, coaches, everything is great."
Harper dealing with hip soreness
PHILADELPHIA -- After Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Mets, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper declined to say what was ailing him. But after Monday's 3-2 loss to the Phillies, manager Davey Johnson revealed that Harper was dealing with a hip problem.
The skipper was upset that he wasn't informed about Harper getting treatment on the hip until right before the game. But Harper told teammates such as Jayson Werth that he could play.
"I was really disturbed I wasn't informed that he was having some treatment on his hip," Johnson said. "But every time someone talks to Harp, he said, 'I'm fine.'"
Harper, who was running the bases gingerly during Monday's game, had a single and walk against the Phillies.
Johnson said he believes Harper will start Tuesday night against the Phillies.
Harper wouldn't say much about his injury. He plans on playing as many games as he can before the season ends.
"We have a month left. I'm going to play as hard as I can. I'll worry about [the hip] in the end," Harper said. "If I was hurting, I would come out of the game. I feel good."
It has not been an injury-free season for Harper. He missed more than a month due to a left knee injury after banging into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.
Knorr very interested in Nats' managerial post
PHILADELPHIA -- With Davey Johnson retiring at the end of the 2013 season, bench coach Randy Knorr said Monday he would like to be considered as the next manager of the Nationals.
"I would like [the Nationals] to consider me. But I know [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] has a bunch of people in mind, also," Knorr said. "It would be an honor to be considered for that job. … I try not to think too far ahead. I like to take things day by day."
Knorr is more than qualified for the job. Of current players on the Major League roster, Knorr managed 11 of them, including Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg, in the Minor Leagues.
In 2008, while managing Class A Potomac, Knorr guided the team to the Carolina League championship.
Knorr is also not afraid to speak his mind. While filling in for Johnson last Friday, Knorr called outfielder Bryce Harper out for not hustling against the Mets. In a game against the Pirates on July 26, Knorr quickly yanked Rafael Soriano out of the game in the ninth inning as he struggled with command.
"I think it's very important to speak your mind," Knorr said. "Your players will never be in the dark in what you believe in. I don't have secrets with my players. They asked me a question, I'll be as honest as I can with them. You have a better relationship with them. They are not always trying to figure you out. … They know where you are coming from, they have no problems with it."
• The Nationals are planning to call up another pitcher and four position players on Tuesday, but manager Davey Johnson declined to say who was coming up. One player likely coming up is infielder Zach Walters, who hit a career-high 29 home runs Triple-A Syracuse.
• Right-hander Taylor Jordan has gone home to Florida for the season and will continue to work out at the team's Spring Training facility in Viera, Fla.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.