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Moves and shoulders

There were no shock waves on the Bernadina decision. It made sense; even Bernadina admitted that he was "struggling" and needs to shorten his swing before he has a chance against big league pitching. Evidently, 40 at bats were enough to see he needs work. In a roundabout way, though, Bernadina is still getting an indirect promotion out of the deal. He came from Harrisburg and he's leaving for Columbus.

Here is some of what Manny Acta said about the move:

"We gave him a cup of coffee, got his feet wet so he can see what it's all about over here. And he was doing very well down here, too. And he's going to do down there and continue to shorten up his swing.

"A lot of times those kids do well down there and don't think they need to make adjustments, but when they get up here, it's a different ballgame. Lenny [Harris] gave him specific instructions of what to do, and he's getting a promotion anyways. He's getting sent down to Columbus. So hopefully he can put it together.

"I don't think any of us were expecting him to come over here and save our club. He worked hard in the minor leagues, he had a good season in Class AA, we had all of the injuries and he's one of those guys who's young enough to be considered a part of our future and we wanted to see him. But, it's a different ballgame, and he was having a tough time at the plate here."

As mentioned early, this move triggers some questions.

Such as...

Who plays CF? For now, it looks like Willie Harris will get the best (or first) shot. Acta said he "has the upper hand" right now. Langerhans will also get a few shots. He had played both right and center while in Columbus.

When will Lastings Milledge be back? It's dragging on. He's resting right now, none of those proverbial baseball activities. Nor is there a timetable for such things. During the All-Star break, Milledge will travel down to Florida to continue some physical therapy.

We had one other bit of news surface today, and it involves another alleged outfielder. Manny Acta said that Wily Mo Pena has been battling a nagging left shoulder issue -- though it shouldn't be used as an excuse for his poor (nonexistent?) performance. Acta's words: "I'm not going to go into detail, but it's not finalized. There's a chance that during the All-Star break he's going to have some tests done, but I'm not going to go on and make predictions. ... He's been having some problems with it for a while, nagging stuff."

Pena didn't wish to talk about the matter, saying only that he was planning to head home during the All-Star break.

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ALSO: Tim Redding has nine straight no decisions, which makes this night something of a record-chaser, sans SportsCenter cut-ins. Only three players in MLB history have recorded 10 consecutive no decisions in starts: San Diego's John D'Acquisto (1977), Philadelphia's Randy Lerch (1977) and Boston's Dick Stigman (1966). But it's worth noting that both D'Acquisto and Stigman had relief appearances (that led to Ws and Ls) that were mixed in with their 10 no-decision starts.

Only Lerch has gone 10 straight starts, truly, without a decision. Uninterrupted, consecutive, DiMaggio-like.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 11, 2008; 7:48 PM ET
 
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