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Nats place Scott Hairston on 15-day DL, call up Tyler Moore

Apr 6, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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The Washington Nationals placed backup outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a left oblique strain. Tyler Moore has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place.

Hairston said he first felt pain on a swing in the Nats’ April 3 game against the Mets in New York. He did have another at-bat in Saturday’s game against the Braves, despite the discomfort.

I don’t think it’s anything severe,” he said. “I was able to have an at-bat last night without taking myself out of the game. I could have continued to do that, but I was talking to the training staff and we came to the conclusion that it would for the best for me to rest 15 days and see where we’re at after that.”

Hairston said this is the third oblique strain he has had in his 11-year MLB career. In comparison to the other two, this is the least painful.

“This is probably, out of the three times I’ve done it, this is probably the least amount of pain I’ve been in,” he said.

“I’ve had it in the past, so I’m kind of familiar with the recovery time it takes. It’s something, like I said before, you wish you could play through it but sometimes rest is the best thing. You take a lot of swings when you’re a bench guy, you hit a lot during the game in the cage, and sometimes you take it a little too far, and it might have been that.”

Moore was sent to the Syracuse out of spring and played one game there before the promotion. He went 0-for-4 on April 3 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  1. David Proctor - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Hairston has an oblique strain because they need a backup first baseman.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      David, wow, a conspiracy theory there. This is a legit one ;)

    • stoatva - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      So Jerry? How’s that oblique?
      My what?
      Your oblique. The strained one. You were telling about. A while back.
      Oh, that oblique! Hurts like a toothache now that you mention it.

  2. Steady Eddie - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    It’s too bad for both the Nats and Tyler that they weren’t able to do a decent trade for him in the off-season — after he showed decently in his September recall — to a team that could have given him regular MLB at bats.

    I totally understand and agree with why the Nats brought him up rather than, say, Sousa, but I’m not optimistic that this will be good for Tyler or the team. They had to bring him up first for being a good soldier about being sent down after ST and to send the right message to the other MiLBers about being recognized when you behave like a team player, but everything about last year says he really does need the regular ABs. Of course Tyler would rather be with the big team, and I hope he can make his reappearance more helpful than before.

  3. philipd763 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Kevin Frandsen is the backup third baseman, not Zimmerman.

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