Kobernus, Davis sent to Minors

Kobernus, Davis sent to Minors

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals announced Saturday they optioned utility man Jeff Kobernus to Triple-A and sent right-hander Erik Davis to Minor League camp to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

Kobernus, 26, played in eight games this spring, but the Nationals wanted him to receive more at-bats. He has played second base and the outfield during his career, and the Nationals like the versatility he brings.

"That's kind of a role that he potentially could be in, in the big leagues," manager Matt Williams said. "He's been in that role before with our team. he provides speed, provides the ability to play infield and outfield. … That value is great because if there's a need he could fill it."

Davis, 28, had Tommy John surgery last April, but still has a ways to go in his rehab, so he will move his rehab to the Minor League side while he remains on the Major League roster.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.