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2014 Dodgers review: Roger Bernadina

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The Dodgers signed outfielder Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract on July 7, and he made his mark on the big league clump when rosters expanded in the season's final month.

What went right

Bernadina found his way back to the majors in September after getting released by the Reds earlier in June.

Despite having extra players up with expanded rosters, the Dodgers were actually shy a pinch runner, so Bernadina got the call from Triple-A on Sept. 6. He played in only nine games, starting none, but made the most of his limited play, going 2-for-7 with a home run, four RBI and two hit by pitches, hitting .286/.444/.714.

Among all-time Dodgers, dating back to 1884, with at least nine plate appearances, Bernadina's 1.159 OPS ranks fifth in franchise history.

His first name is actually Rogearvin, which is awesome.

What went wrong

With the Triple-A, Bernadina sprained his left wrist in a collision at first base in a game on July 21. He played in one game five days later, but then missed nearly three weeks.

Before the final game of the season, it looked like Bernardina's Dodger stint would end at 0-for-5 with only a pair of hit by pitches as his only time reaching base. Both HBPs came on Sept. 13 in San Francisco, making Bernadina just the second Dodger ever to get hit by two pitches in a game he didn't start. The other was Bruce Aven, in 2001.

2014 particulars

Age: 30

Salary: $500,000 (pro-rated share); I'm assuming, with the Dodgers picking him up in July after getting released by the Reds.

Game of the year

Both of Bernadina's hits came on the final day of the regular season, a 10-5 win over the Rockies on Sept. 28, when the outfielder played the final five innings, going 2-for-2 with a home run and four runs batted in. Bernadina became just the third Los Angeles Dodger ever with at least two hits, a home run and four RBI in a game they didn't start, joining Pedro Guerrero and Norm Sherry.

Roster status

The Dodgers outrighted Bernadina to Triple-A on Oct. 14, but he declined the assignment, becoming a free agent.