May 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore (12) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Moore Optioned To Triple A

After today’s doubleheader, the Nationals chose to keep on their 26th man, Triple A Syracuse first baseman Chris Marrero, and send down incumbent bench 1B/OF Tyler Moore.

Moore had struggled thus far this season, hitting .158/.206/.274 in 38 games. He began the season as a backup and pinch hitter, but was pressed into almost daily playing time with injuries to Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. The team has said that he will be sent down in order to get more regular playing time, and come back up when he has broken out of his slump. His replacement, Marrero, was on the roster today as the 26th man, which is permitted for doubleheaders under MLB rules. He hit .303/.367/.502 at Syracuse, but only played first base, which means his value could be only as a pinch hitter or replacement 1B.

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