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Moore called up as LaRoche sent to DL

May 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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As we noted this morning, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will do a 15-day stint on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a strain in his right quad. The Nats made the announcement officially on Sunday, and revealed Tyler Moore as the corresponding move.

Moore will now join the Nats from Triple-A Syracuse after spending just three days away from the team. He was sent down on May 7 to make room for Wilson Ramos.

The Nationals started Kevin Frandsen in LaRoche’s place on Saturday night in Oakland. The veteran bench player went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Athletics. Frandsen is hitting .273 with five runs and four RBI this season.

Moore rejoins the Nats with a .200 average on the year. He has struggled with inconsistent at-bats in 18 total games, but could get a more extended look at first base with LaRoche on the mend.

Losing LaRoche is another injury blow for the Nats who are already missing Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. LaRoche, in particular, had been playing as well as anyone on the Nationals. Through 32 games he holds a .319 average with a .925 OPS, five home runs and 21 RBI.

  1. Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    It will be interesting to see how much playing time TyMo gets. He’s probably a better 1B than Frandsen, and despite the raves for Walters’ throw last night, if we have to play an IF in the OF, I’d feel more comfortable with Frandsen than Walters. But Hairston and McLouth are available out there as well. I guess, on balance, with ALR, Zim, and Harper out of the lineup and Desi struggling, I’ll take whoever can get some hits and stomach whatever defense they give us in LF and at 1B.

  2. Theophilus T.S. - May 11, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    The last two games feel like the Nats are finally succumbing to the string of injuries. Nice to have Ramos back but with Z’man, Harper and LaRoche out it seems there is no one to play the bass drum in the percussion section. They can’t expect Espinosa, Fransden and Walters to lead a parade around the bases every night, let along every three innings. Plus, Desmond appears to be on the Mental Disability List — totally lost his mojo. Effectively, four bats out of the lineup.

    • natsfan18 - May 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      lol i love your analogies

  3. davecydell - May 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Most would say the Nats have been winning despite the bad luck injuries, I think they have been luckily winning despite the bad play and poor management.

  4. NatsLady - May 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Nice going, E-Jax. You are NOT helping.

    • karlkolchak - May 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      He never does.

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Yeah, we should be sure not to re-sign that guy… oh wait…

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