Nationals recall 1B/OF Tyler Moore, place 1B Adam LaRoche on DL
by Amanda Comak
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Washington Nationals placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the 15-day Disabled List with a right quad strain on Sunday morning and recalled first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse. LaRoche’s DL placement is retroactive to May 10.
Moore, 27, returns to the Nationals for his second stint of the season after briefly returning to Triple-A on May 8.
In 18 games at the Major League level this season (30 at-bats), Moore is hitting .200 (6-for-30) with a double, two home runs, three RBI, three walks and four runs scored.
In parts of three Major League seasons (156 games), Moore is a career .238 hitter with a .428 slugging percentage.
LaRoche, 34, has hit .319 (36-for-113) with six doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI this season.
Hitting primarily in the middle of the Nationals’ lineup, LaRoche has gotten on base at a .421 clip and compiled a .502 slugging percentage. He leads the Nationals’ offense in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs.
“It (stinks) not being able to go out there every night and battle with the guys,” LaRoche told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “The one thing I do feel pretty good about is that I gave it every opportunity to try to go out and play through it and see if this thing would go away.
“The last couple days have proven that it’s not going to happen. Probably 10 days of hurting. Every time I’d make a move it wasn’t going to be better. Try and take two weeks to try and make it right.”