The Washington Nationals announced this morning that they have placed RHP Dan Haren on the 15-Day DL and recalled 1B/OF Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. When the Nats sent Moore down to their top affiliate earlier this month, Davey Johnson explained the decision as a way to get the struggling slugger more regular at bats.
"Tyler Moore," Davey Johnson told reporters, "we sent him out. I had a talk with him and you know, just -- we need to get him some playing time... And I don't want to waste that talent just sitting around. I'd rather have him [get] some playing time. He'll be back soon. He's an outstanding player. But I just want to get him freshened up. Kind of like what we did last year, I wanted to do it earlier and then we had some injuries [that] prohibited it."
Moore went 3 for 19 in his first 12 games in the majors after making his MLB debut last summer. He was sent to Triple-A Syracuse for a few weeks and remained on the major league roster throughout the rest of the season when he was called back up, posting a .277/.349/.562 line with nine doubles, 10 HRs, 14 walks and 39 Ks over 63 games and 152 plate appearances for the NL East Champion Nationals after he returned.
When he was sent to Triple-A Syracuse this season, Moore had a .158/.206/.274 line in 38 games and 102 PAs. With the Chiefs, the 26-year-old, '08 16th Round pick put up a .178/.264/.356 line with two doubles and two home runs in 12 games and 53 plate appearances.
Is the fact that Moore's been recalled a sign that Jayson Werth's groin injury is worse than expected? Are the Nationals just adding an extra bat while they can before needing to bring up a pitcher to fill in for Dan Haren in his next start?
Haren heads to the DL with "right shoulder inflammation" after struggling to a (4-9) record with a 6.15 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 2.09 HR/9, 1.43 BB/9 and 7.35 K/9 in his first 15 starts and 82.0 IP with the Nationals.