Nats Call Up and Start Tyler Moore in Werth's Absence, Place Mark DeRosa on DL

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2012

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Tyler Moore #57 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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A day after the Washington Nationals called up Bryce Harper, they went down to their farm system again to bring up Tyler Moore. The move was made possible when Mark DeRosa was placed on the disabled list due to a left oblique strain.

Moore, a 25-year-old outfielder, hit 31 home runs last year in Double-A and was off to a great start this season in Triple-A. He hit seven home runs and had 20 RBI in 22 games. 

He is playing in his first game on Sunday after Jayson Werth was scratched from the lineup. Werth did not play due to a "manager's decision."

Moore, who was not slated to start Sunday, was put into the lineup in left field while Harper moved to center field. It is an interesting move to put Moore in left field considering he is still learning the position.

The two prospects hit back-to-back in the order Sunday as Moore hit sixth and Harper hit behind him.

Moore recorded his first major league hit in the fifth inning on a single to right-center field.

The Nationals are trying to remain in first place in the National League East despite losing their team leader Ryan Zimmerman to the disabled list. They will rely on their prospects until the team is back to full strength. 

The Nationals are not going to allow injuries to dictate their season and will do everything they have to in order to continue winning games.