Reds sign Roger Bernadina


Veteran outfielder Roger Bernadina has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds, according to Mark Sheldon of

Bernadina, who split last season between the Nationals and Phillies, will try to win a bench spot on a spring training invitation.

Muscle Shark had a very nice 2012 season for Washington, but he failed to crack a .700 OPS in 2010, 2011, or 2013 and is a 30-year-old career .239 hitter with a .666 OPS.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.