WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore is off to a good start for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .296 with five home runs and 14 RBIs entering Thursday's action.
Starting this week, Moore will split time between left field and first base. Outfield coordinator Tony Tarasco is currently teaching Moore the fundamentals of playing the outfield.
This is not the first time Moore has played the outfield. Last fall, he played left field in the instructional league. Moore then went to Houston later in the offseason to get a few pointers about the outfield from third-base coach Bo Porter.
"He is going to play a few games out there," Rizzo said. "It would give him a little more versatility. He is a good, potent right-handed bat we see helping us up here in the future. We are going to give him as much versatility as we can."
Asked if he could see Moore playing left field if Michael Morse is unable to come back from his torn right lat [back] injury, Rizzo said, "That's too many ifs for me. We feel Morse is going to come back. All along, we felt Moore has the capability of playing in the big leagues and impacting a team in the big leagues."
Morse has been shut down for six weeks because of the lat injury. The team is hoping that rest can fix the problem. If rest doesn't work, Morse could go under the knife and possibly be out for the year.
In the last two years, Moore has hit a combined 60 home runs and 201 RBIs for Class A Potomac and Double A Harrisburg.