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Maldonado to DL, Moore returning

Jun 7, 2012, 2:52 AM EDT

The Nationals will place catcher Carlos Maldonado on the disabled list with a back injury before Thursday’s game and recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Class AAA Syracuse, manager Davey Johnson said following tonight’s 5-3 win over the Mets.

Maldonado hasn’t appeared in a game since May 29 in Miami and has been experiencing what he referred to as back spasms ever since. The 33-year-old is 0-for-9 with an RBI in four total games since joining the Nationals’ roster three weeks ago after injuries knocked out both Wilson Ramos and Sandy Leon.

Moore returns only one week after he was optioned to Syracuse. The slugger had only three hits in 17 big-league at-bats but picked up right where he left off when he returned to Class AAA, going 9-for-21 with two homers in his first five games back in the minors.

In other injury news, veteran utilityman Mark DeRosa will begin a rehab assignment for Class A Potomac either Thursday or Friday, Johnson said. DeRosa has been out since late April with an oblique strain.

  1. peric - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Fortunately, the Chiefs squeaked two victories out without him. One was a 1 hit gem by the two pitchers promoted from Harrisburg Mandel and Garcia.Seeing him get yanked early in the first game of the double header was nerve wracking Davey!! Sure glad he wasn't injured.

  2. SonnyG10 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:04 AM

    Hope Moore gets some action in the bigs.

  3. A DC Wonk - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    So what are they going to use moore for this time around? Anything different?

  4. peric - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Ben Myers (Auburn/Syracuse) : Since returning to the Chiefs for five games and change, Tyler Moore is 9-for-23 with three doubles, one triple, and pair of homers.Quit screwin' around Davey, put the guy IN the lineup. Thank you.

  5. Drew - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Hagerstown had an off night. The Suns scored only 9 runs.The Nats reach the turn of the brutal 32 at 9-7 and they're back to 10 games over .500.Despite the tough competition and the incredible run of injuries, the Nats have split their games since they started 14-4.

  6. Steady Eddie - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    DCWonk — I suspect the likely use of Moore is fairly simple: DHing and maybe a couple of days giving LaRoche a blow is his reward for patiently sitting on the pine in the Show when he could have been raking and getting consistent ABs in AAA. If Davey had wanted a position starter he would have taken Brown, as Moore is still without a position on the big team. All the more so as Davey clearly wants Lombo in LF and at lead off. They can bring back Lidge and still be at 25, and it looks like DeRosa will come back, and Moore go back down unless he's been raking, after the O's series.

  7. ehay2k - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Mark Z, can you remove AceSmith's spam posts?

  8. Jeff Hayes - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I second ehay2k's suggestion. AceSmith's "analysis" of why the Mets will win tonight is complete nonsense and totally juvenile. He provides no data on how the Nats hitters have stacked up against Dicky in the past nor how Mets hitters have done against CMW. He might be right, but if he is, its just luck.

  9. ehay2k - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    I believe Davey said Morse will DH, in order to spare his last the strain of throwing. Perhaps Moore will play in the outfield?

  10. ehay2k - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Grrr auto correct- to spare his *lat* the strain of throwing…

  11. A DC Wonk - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    DCWonk — I suspect the likely use of Moore is fairly simple: DHingD'oh! I forgot about the DH stuff coming up. That makes sense.

  12. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    On one thread he claims the Mets will avoid the sweep and on another he claims the Nats will sweep.

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