Tyler Moore was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse Saturday morning, rewarding the hot-hitting outfielder/first baseman for his strong performance after returning to the minors on July 10. Here's what Moore had to say about how this season has gone for him, and how he's worked through his struggles at the major league level this year:
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Taylor Jordan's season ended Saturday morning when the Washington Nationals placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with a right low back strain.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson talks about his frustration that Bryce Harper was hit with two pitches on Friday night, and that one of those is causing him to be out of the lineup on Saturday.
The Washington Nationals recalled Tyler Moore from Triple-A on Saturday morning and wasted no time in putting the hot-hitting first baseman into the starting lineup. Moore was batting seventh and playing first base against Braves' left-hander Mike Minor on Saturday night.
The Washington Nationals recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday afternoon and placed right-hander Taylor Jordan on the disabled list with a right low back strain.
Bryce Harper was hit twice on Friday night. The first, a curveball from Alex Wood, hit him in the back. The second, a fastball from Luis Avilan, hit him in the upper back/arm and was close to his head. The Atlanta Braves' fans cheered raucously each time this happened. Through a team spokesman, Harper declined comment on Friday night. Here's what several other Nationals and Braves had to say about all of the plunking:
There was hardly anything left for the Washington Nationals to say late Friday night. Another defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Braves -- this one 3-2 on a walk-off 10th-inning home run by Justin Upton -- came on a night Bryce Harper was hit with a pitch twice. There was little left they could say, so they sat in silence.
There have already been a handful of names to surface as possible candidates for when the Nationals' search for a manager begins in earnest. Matt Williams, Randy Knorr, Trent Jewett and Bo Porter are among them. But Charlie Manuel would have at least one vocal supporter in the Nationals' clubhouse: Jayson Werth.
Jayson Werth was reflective and grateful on Friday as he talked about the impact Manuel had on him and his career. He called him, with respect to Davey Johnson, "The best manager I ever played for."
After missing the previous two games with a sore left hamstring, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos returned to the Nationals' lineup on Friday evening as they opened a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves.
Dan Haren's fourth-straight solid start? Gone. Ian Desmond's two-run rocket of a double? Gone. The win streak that revived hopes, however slim, that this World Series or bust season still had life? Gone.
The Nationals have signed Dominican third baseman Anderson Franco, the team announced Thursday. Baseball America's Ben Badler reported Franco received $900,000 to sign.
After a six-game exile to Triple-A Syracuse, right-hander Drew Storen is back with the Nationals. To clear room on the 25-man roster before Thursday's game against the Giants at Nationals Park, struggling reliever Ryan Mattheus departed for Triple-A.
A week ago Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals trudged off their home field and pondered where their season was headed. Swept by the Atlanta Braves, their season was left to hang precariously between that place of possible contention and possible irrelevance. They wanted none of the latter, but were on the outskirts of the former. Seven days later, the Nationals have pushed that series into the background of what might be the rebirth of their season.
The moment the ball left Hunter Pence’s bat, the San Francisco Giants outfielder figured he’d just snatched a game from the grips of defeat for his team. Head down, running to first base, Pence thought he had a double and hoped, at the very least, Buster Posey would score the tying run from second base. Then he heard the roars. It was the only reason he even lifted his head. By the time he did, the final out of the Washington Nationals’ 6-5 victory over the Giants was poking out of center fielder Denard Span’s glove.