According to a Tweet from The Washington Times’ Amanda Comak, the Washington Nationals have placed Mark DeRosa on the Disabled List. It remains unclear exactly what the cause of the DL decision is, however. DeRosa is batting a mere .081/.227/.081 in 44 plate appearances on the season and has yet to get an extra base hit in limited playing time. DeRosa was brought in over the winter to provide some veteran leadership and a bat off the bench. There were admittedly some health related concerns, as he’s missed significant time in each of the past two seasons.
The Nationals will reportedly recall Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place on the active roster. Moore, who’s a first baseman by trade but has been learning the outfield this season, has been hitting .286/.364/.597 in 88 plate appearances on the season so far. He’s already hit 7 HR in just 22 Triple-A games on the year after mashing 31 each of the past two seasons (at High-A and Double-A). Presumably Moore will join the team this afternoon in Los Angeles. It is not known at this time if he’ll be in today’s starting lineup or if he’ll make his MLB Debut coming off the bench.
Update, 3:26 PM: The cause of DeRosa’s DL trip appears to be a strained oblique in his left side. According to Mark Zuckerman, DeRosa’s felt some tightness in his side for the past few days but wasn’t concerned until feeling “a twinge” during batting practice prior to last night’s game. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. Typically speaking, a strained oblique can only heal with rest which means DeRosa could be out for awhile.