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Moore optioned to Triple-A Syracuse

May 7, 2014, 7:11 PM EST

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The Nationals optioned Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse after Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers, paving the way for Doug Fister’s season debut on Friday.

Moore was called up on April 6 when outfielder Scott Hairston landed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. In 18 games Moore hit .200 with two home runs and three RBI.

Moore being sent down is a bit of a curious move, given other circumstances around the roster. He was the backup first baseman and could have possibly earned some playing time in the next few days.

Adam LaRoche is dealing with right quad soreness and has been removed late in several recent games. And with Ryan Zimmerman still on the DL, Moore’s absence leaves no true backup first baseman.

The likely option for the Nats would be Kevin Frandsen, who has played first only 44 times in his eight-year career, or Hairston who has never appeared in a MLB game at the position.

The move also leaves the Nationals with three catchers on their roster: Wilson Ramos, Jose Lobaton and Sandy Leon. Ramos did just come back from injury, however, and may be used as a designated hitter this weekend when the Nats play at Oakland in interleague play.

  1. nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – May 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM
    I wonder who gets sent down on Friday. The early bet is Leon although you just never know if MW decides to like the idea of the 2 switch-hitting catchers can also be part of a pinch hitting strategy. I’m thinking TyMo and Walters are also walking a tightrope and both need to play daily.

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    Ghost, you once again are way ahead of the curve. Are you a shill for Rizzo floating these ideas here before they do it?

  2. Hiram Hover - May 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Will be interesting to see if they keep three catchers after this series with the As–no more DH after that til 3 weeks later, when they face the Rangers starting May 30.

    • NatsLady - May 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      We are home for the Rangers, no DH until July at the O’s place.

      • Hiram Hover - May 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        My mistake – so even longer then.

        This 3 catchers business struck me as off the wall when they floated it at the end of ST–right before they acquired Frandsen–and as a long term arrangement still seems that way now.

  3. nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    The likely option for the Nats would be Kevin Frandsen, who has played first only 44 times in his eight-year career, or Hairston who has never appeared in a MLB game at the position.

    I’m telling you —- Jayson Werth. He is 6’6″ tall and has played some 1st base. It would rest his tired body. I doubt he would whine about it if asked.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Hey copycat! That’s my line!

      • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Yes, that was kind of a copy of paste. :)

  4. sunshinebobby - May 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    So we basically traded the Buffalo for TyMo. I’ll take that deal.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      7 days a week and twice on a doubleheader!

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Where are all the G&D crowd that were predicting Dan Haren to throw a gem and beat the Nats? Haren is just lucky the ump helped him and Espi choked in a key spot and Crawford robbed Rendon of a sure double.

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      3 runs would have been considered a gem from Haren last year. They also didn’t really need luck for Espi to choke with the bases loaded. He is not very good with runners in scoring position this year. That was a great game though, glad we answered in the first and Strasburg locked it down.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Yes, unfortunately 3 runs by Haren would’ve been a good outing going deep into the game.

        As you say that about Espi I just saw Matt Carpenter (lefty) guide a ball to LF for a 2 out RBI.

        Happy for Stras. He deserved that.

    • rabbit433 - May 8, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      Ghost, you just described the game of baseball!

  6. sunshinebobby - May 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I hate to say this because I once thought this guy was our first baseman of the future, but at this point in his career, TyMo is a lot closer to Larry Broadway than to ALR’s replacement.

  7. Joe Seamhead - May 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I brought this over from the last thread. Hope nobody minds. If you do…

    You all know that I generally am not that crazy about Tyler Moore as a ML player, but I have to say that with ALR being nicked this move surprises me at first glance. But as Ghost said, MW must see more in Walters’ ability to provide hits off the bench. Moore has been mediocre as a pinch hitter. Also, Frandsen did play a more than adequate 1B when filling in for Ryan Howard, much better than he did at 3rd for Polonco. And he has played a surprisingly decent LF. So, in some ways it is Frandsen and Moore that are redundant.

    BTW, I thought that overall this series was MW’s best job so far as manager.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Yes, Frandsen serves a better purpose than TyMo but but serve a better purpose than Hairston. Since Rizzo won’t eat his salary (yet), it’s TyMo who gets optioned. Simple math.

    • laddieblahblah - May 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      “Moore has been mediocre as a pinch hitter.”

      Moore has not yet had a single pinch hit, this year. Most of his PH appearances have resulted in strike outs. He is not even “mediocre” as a pinch hitter. Frandsen has been better, both as a pinch hitter and as a sub for one of the regulars. Expect to see Frandsen at 1b whenever ALR sits. At least until RZ comes back.

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Tyler Moore definitely needs to play every day… So I’ve no issue with him going down… Z Walters need some PT too but with Desi, Rendon, Espi, and Frandsen but if not for the wind, he would have had another hr against Philthy…

    So is Freddie Freeman coming out of his funk?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Freddie changed his approach and took one oppo. They have been defending him well to his pull side. I hope he struggles for a long time to come.

  9. Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    No way MW just sticks Hairston at 1B with no experience. If ALR needs to be rested, Frandsen has played the position plenty, and he’s clearly a gamer who can make it work.

    Personally, I think I would have chosen to send Walters back given that he’s apparently not reliable enough in the infield to actually start a game, and how ineffective he’s been from the left side. But I see the logic of this and I like the idea of keeping three catchers for awhile. TyMo is just not getting it done a as bench player. Shows the value of picking up a versatile veteran player like Frandsen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      I’m with you but I hedged and figured he would send TyMo down. I would have sent Walters down but here’s what I think he’s going with it, RZim is back in 2 weeks and Walters is his primary RH pinch hitter unless Ramos is available.

      If I’m Hairston, I’m thinking I’m gone when RZim comes back.

      • Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Why wouldn’t Walters be send down when RZim returns?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        It could be Leon, Walters or a Hairston DFA.

        I think MW really likes Walters on a professional and personal level. They actually have a family friendship so they go back a ways to Univ of San Diego

      • Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        I’m sure he does like Walters. But do you really think he’s going to DFA Hairston so soon? Not a chance. The guy just got back from the DL. Look how long he stuck with Stairs/Tracy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        I’m with you. History says Hairston will be on the team until after the All Star game. Maybe he will be the one who works out?

      • Section 222 - May 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Probably not, unfortunately. I just don’t think Rizzo will abandon hope so quickly. And he does deserve a chance I suppose. It’s not like McLouth, TyMo, Walters or Souza have been setting the world on fire coming off the bench.

  10. thelatencn - May 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    There are no doubt others on the team who can play first. But Tymo has really showed me this year that he can play an exceptional first base.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      True on TyMo’s defense. They didn’t have the stones to DFA Hairston and this was about the better pinch-hitter between TyMo and Walters —- advantage Walters.

      • conatsguy - May 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

        + 1- bad sign.. How many options left for Tyler ?

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Mike Minor’s ERA up to 6.30 and climbing. Just saying for those who were envious of Atlanta’s starting 5.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    BTW, Mark Lerner who owns part of the Wizards is with Leonsis in Indiana.

  13. masterfishkeeper - May 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    I too wish they had another option to play first besides Frandsen, but Moore just has a limited set of skills. Hairston is a little bit better hitter and left fielder.

    Also, I think it’s good to play Moore and Souza every day at Syracuse, so that they’re ready when needed. Of course, the same could be said of Walters. When Zimmerman comes back, assuming no other injuries, I’d think Walters goes down. Of course, there will be other injuries.

  14. zmunchkin - May 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Moore is simply not as good off the bench and having him play every day in Syracuse is good for him.

    I suspect they are gambling on ALR being OK for the short term, with Frandsen as the backup. And despite Ron Washington’s comment in Moneyball about 1st being incredibly difficult to play, it is one of the easiest positions to cover for a single game. If Frandsen goes down for some reason, I suspect that Werth could be an adequate stop-gap for a single game. And Skole can be recalled in heart-beat. After 10 days TyMo can be called back. And after that, RZ.

    I suspect that this was because they want to use Ramos as the DH in Oakland and still have two catchers.

  15. scnatsfan - May 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Scary to think of the current lineup without ALR. He has answered all the questions about him coming into this season.

  16. thenatom - May 8, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I know everyone is loving what LaRoche has done this season but the panic over who is even reliable enough to be his backup gives me concerns about next year. RZ seems like the likely candidate but if he’s gonna start there next year, he should be able to at least back Adam up there now.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - May 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Not from the DL, he won’t.

      And @Conatsguy, I believe Tyler was up in parts of 2012, 2013, and now 2014, which would make this his third and last option year.

  17. langleyclub - May 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    For those thinking that Walters will get sent down when RZ comes back, why would the Nats carry 3 catchers on their roster for an extended period?

    I get keeping 3 catchers until the Nats are sure that Ramos can carry the load as the regular catcher, but once that is confirmed, keeping three catchers is really an unusual move that limits the Nats’ options unless they would consider playing Ramos at 1B.

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