The Washington Times - June 6, 2012, 11:25PM

Outfielder Tyler Moore got just two at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon with Triple-A Syracuse before he was summoned to the major leagues for the second time this season.

Catcher Carlos Maldonado will be placed on the disabled list Thursday with a sore back, something akin to muscle spasms, he said, and Moore will rejoin the Nationals after a 10 day detour in the minor leagues.


Moore was used mostly as a bench player in his first major league call-up and had three hits in 19 at-bats but didn’t miss a beat when he returned to playing everyday in the minor leagues. Since he went back to Triple-A, Moore has hit .391 with six extra-base hits (including two homers).

Maldonado becomes the third Nationals catcher to go on the major league disabled list this season and while the Nationals will be happy to have Moore back for the time being as an extra bat off the bench, with the impending returns of Brad Lidge and, perhaps a few days later, Ryan Mattheus and Mark DeRosa, he’s likely holding a roster spot for one of them.

Lidge threw one inning in relief for Single-A Potomac on Wednesday night, getting two swinging strikeouts and a ground out to third base. The plan is for him to pitch with Potomac again on Friday before the Nationals re-evaluate where he’s at in his rehab process.

DeRosa is also ready to go on a rehab assignment, manager Davey Johnson said after Wednesday’s game. He will join one of the Nationals’ minor league affiliates, most likely Potomac, Thursday or Friday to begin playing in games for the first time since he strained his left oblique on the final weekend of April.