ATLANTA — The Washington Nationals recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday afternoon and placed right-hander Taylor Jordan on the 15-day disabled list with a right low back strain.
The move, which rewards Moore for hitting the cover off the ball in Triple-A since going down in early July, is an interesting one.
Jordan pitched six innings and allowed just two runs, seemingly without physical limitations, on Friday night in the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Braves. But Johnson mentioned on Wednesday that the right-hander, who is expected to be shutdown with an innings limit imminently, felt a bit of a sore back when he was at the dentist’s office.
That didn’t stop him from making his start on Friday, however.
Jordan, a rookie who has performed admirably well since coming up at the end of June to help stabilize the back-end of the Nationals’ rotation, has thrown 142 innings this season between the major and minor leagues and has a .366 ERA in the majors.
He was on track to be shut down for the year after another start or two, as is the Nationals’ protocol for pitchers in their first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Jordan underwent the procedure in Sept. 2011.
It is unclear immediately how this disabled list stint, which will take the Nationals into September and roster expansion, affects those plans.
When the team made the eventual decision to shut Jordan down, Ross Ohlendorf and Tanner Roark appeared the leading candidates to take his spot. Ohlendorf, who is on the DL with shoulder inflammation, threw four innings in a rehab start on Friday night and would be on-turn to start in Jordan’s place on Wednesday.
As for Moore, his return gives the Nationals a player who has been hitting very well in the minor leagues as the major league offense has continued to struggle some. This will be Moore’s third major league stint this season, during which time he is hitting .151 with three homers and five doubles serving primarily as a bench player.
In the minor leagues this season, playing regularly, Moore is hitting .318 with 25 extra-base hits. Since he returned to the minor leagues on July 10, after the team traded for Scott Hairston, Moore has hit .367/.442/.664 with eight homers, 12 doubles, a triple, 18 walks and 38 RBI.
Johnson hinted on Thursday that the team would be calling Moore back up shortly.