The Washington Nationals recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday morning as they placed right-hander Dan Haren on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Moore, who opened the season with the Nationals, was sent back to Triple-A on June 9 after struggling offensively. The Nationals had hoped sending him to the minor leagues would help jumpstart him and he’d return as the player who hit .263 with 10 homers in just 156 at-bats — mostly off the bench — in 2012.
He hit .158/.206/274 in his first 38 games of the season with the Nationals.
Moore was 8-for-45 in his stint with Triple-A Syracuse with two homers, two doubles and five walks to go with 15 strikeouts and eight RBI.
Haren agreed to go on the disabled list on Sunday morning after the veteran right-hander struggled mightily in his last three starts. His 6.15 ERA is the worst mark in the major leagues.
The Nationals will still need to decide on a starter to take Haren’s next turn in the rotation, which they could finagle to be either Friday or Saturday against the New York Mets. Because of Monday’s off day, the Nationals could push the open spot until Saturday.
Manager Davey Johnson said Sunday the team would decide Tuesday about that vacancy, but one name that has come up recently is that of prospect Tyler Jordan, who would be on regular rest to pitch Saturday.
Jordan pitched Monday night for Double-A Harrisburg but after routinely going late into games, Jordan was pulled after just five innings (and only one earned run) on Monday due to what manager Matt LeCroy told local reporters was a simple innings awareness.
Jordan is in his first full season back from 2011 Tommy John surgery and will be on an innings limit this season.
Ross Ohlendorf, who is currently serving as the Nationals’ long man in the bullpen, could also be a candidate for that start but Johnson has said previously he’d prefer to keep him in his role.
The decision to recall Moore could also speak to the team needing another outfielder to give Jayson Werth a few days of rest, too, after he pulled his groin in Sunday’s game, but that’s purely speculation. Moore and first baseman Chris Marrero create some redundancy on the Nationals’ bench, except for the fact that Moore can play the outfield and Marrero cannot.
Either way, the Nationals are obviously not finished with their roster maneuvering this week.