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Tyler Moore will join the Nationals in time for today's game against the Dodgers.
LOS ANGELES -- One day after Bryce Harper made his ballyhooed debut, the Nationals are promoting another top prospect out of necessity.
First baseman/left fielder Tyler Moore has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse and will be available to make his big-league debut in today's series finale against the Dodgers. Moore will take the roster spot held by veteran Mark DeRosa, who is being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
Moore, 25, has been the Nationals' best power-hitting prospect for more than two seasons, having clubbed 31 homers at Class A Potomac in 2010 and 31 more homers at Class AA Harrisburg in 2011. He was off to another hot start this season at Syracuse, compiling seven homers in his first 22 games.
A natural first baseman, the right-handed Moore recently began seeing time in left field, evidence the Nationals were considering a promotion and needing to find a spot for him in their lineup.
DeRosa was off to a dismal start, with only three hits in 37 at-bats, but the veteran utilityman said he only began feeling something in his left side in the last few days. He felt more of a twinge before last night's game while working on outfield drills, then felt even more during batting practice.
"I knew it was bothering me, but nothing that scared me off," he said. "And then when I went to try to take BP, that's when I hurt it pretty good. It's a great start to the season for the Nationals, a horrible start for me."
The 37-year-old is scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow in Washington, but he understands he's probably going to miss significant time with an injury that typically heals only with rest.
DeRosa missed most of the last two seasons with a wrist injury that required three surgeries. Finally healthy this spring, he was perhaps the Nationals' best hitter in Grapefruit League play and believed he was going to return to form.
"It's just frustrating because you work so hard," he said. "They tell you the older you are, the harder you've got to work. I've come back from major injuries. My body won't give me a break, for whatever reason. ...
"This whole thing is frustrating. The whole start to the year has been frustrating. The whole last 2 1/2 years have been frustrating. But I'll deal with it and get back. We're in first place, we're playing well. That's all that matters."