Mark DeRosa received an MRI on Monday, and it revealed precisely what he expected. He has a left oblique strain, which means he will miss at least two to three weeks, and maybe more — “I don’t know,” DeRosa said. DeRosa also received a platelet-rich plasma injection to augment his recovery.
“It’s been rough having my own rough start, then watching the guys struggle to runs and not be out there,” said DeRosa, who went 3 for 37 before landing on the disabled list Sunday. “We’ve been pitching great, and just haven’t been scoring any runs.”
The Nationals replaced DeRosa by recalling 25-year-old slugger Tyler Moore from Class AAA Syracuse. While Moore started his first game Sunday, Manager Davey Johnson plans to use him primarily as a bench player. Tonight, Xavier Nady will start in left field, with Bryce Harper in center and Jayson Werth in right.
In his major league debut Sunday, Moore went 1 for 3 with a line-drive single. A career first baseman, Moore also made a running catch in left field, where he began playing only a few days before his call-up.
“Unless somebody has a little injury, I’ll probably just use him off the bench, probably pinch-hit him,” Johnson said. “I liked what I saw. … But there’s a lot of players ahead of him that need to play. I need to get Nady going. I still have a lot of confidence in him.”