Dunn has wrist injury; Bernadina getting better

Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn did not start Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox because of a sore right wrist. Dunn had an MRI taken earlier in the day and the results were negative.

Dunn said he has had problems with the wrist for a while, but the pain grew worse against the Red Sox after fouling off a pitch in the fourth inning on Tuesday.  

“It’s a precautionary thing. … It’s no big deal,” Dunn said. “I don’t want to get days off. I don’t feel like I do. You just call it a good solid benching.”

With Dunn on the bench, manager Manny Acta put Josh Willingham in left field and inserted first baseman Nick Johnson as the cleanup hitter. Outside of Dunn, according to Acta, Johnson is the one guy who can protect Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup.

Roger Bernadina, on the disabled list because of a fractured right ankle, played catch with head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and didn’t have any problems moving his legs.

Bernadina acknowledged that the ankle is still sore and will have X-Rays on the ankle in a couple of weeks. He hopes to return in the big leagues sometime in September.

Left-hander Matt Chico, on the  DL because of  elbow reconstruction, had a bullpen session on Wednesday. He didn’t have any problems throwing all of his pitches.

Chico is scheduled to pitch three innings for Double A Harrisburg on Saturday.

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