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Nats ready to look at young players

Aug 21, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

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CHICAGO — The Nationals never thought this would be the case in a season with the highest of expectations, but they are preparing to start looking at more young players over the next six weeks at the expense of a few veteran regulars.

Manager Davey Johnson said he plans to give Tyler Moore more starts at first base down the stretch, perhaps going so far as to platoon the 26-year-old at first base with veteran Adam LaRoche.

“I’m not in the position I’d like to be in, but there is a necessity to look at some guys,” Johnson said. “And we’ll be doing that. I mentioned the other day that Tyler Moore has to get some at-bats, some regular at-bats. And I’ll be doing that with some other guys. I’m not going to go into naming them, because that’s gonna happen on a daily basis. It’s not gonna be a set plan.”

Johnson also said rookie right-hander Tanner Roark could get a chance to move into the rotation, perhaps swapping spots with Ross Ohlendorf, who makes his return from the disabled list tonight.
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  1. SonnyG10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Yes, look at the youngsters. Not much chance of us going anywhere in post-season.

  2. Dryw Loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Come on, we can go all sorts of places in the post-season. The Caribbean….out to Yellowstone to see the geysers…maybe hop over to England for a while….

  3. Drew - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Zach Walters has 32 doubles, 4 triples and 29 home runs — and he's outhitting Espinosa by 57 points.Walters deserves a call-up, even if he's a bat off the bench.

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    I hear that Bora Bora is very nice. What?Dryw Loves the Nats said… Come on, we can go all sorts of places in the post-season. The Caribbean….out to Yellowstone to see the geysers…maybe hop over to England for a while…. August 21, 2013 9:44 PM

  5. TexNat - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I'd actually rather see Laroche finish out the year at first. Give TyMo some at bats, but don't bench Laroche.The reasoning is that either you are going to move Laroche this off season or keep him. If you move him, lets see if he can't get hot to improve his value (enabling you trade him while eating less of his salary–or in an ideal world, none). If you keep him, then you need to keep him in rhythm and get his confidence back.It may be tempting to turn first over to TyMo, but I'm not sure it makes sense.

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