Moore making the most of his chance

Moore making the most of his chance

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth both rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery, the Nationals expect Tyler Moore to get a lot of playing time in the outfield during Spring Training.

So far he is making the most of it.

Moore went 2-for-3 at the plate during Friday's 9-8 win against the Braves, smashing a home run and a triple while collecting five RBIs. It was a nice followup from his performance the previous day against the Mets where he went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

"He came in with timing and rhythm," said manager Matt Williams, who attributed some of Moore's success to the fact that he played winter ball during the offseason. "He's getting lots of at-bats, which is good. [It's] just an example today of what he can do. Both balls [were hit] to the other gap, [he] stayed on them. He's seeing the ball good."

The majority of Moore's outfield experience has come in left field, although Williams said he expects Moore to play in right, where he started on Friday, during the spring to help get him extra at-bats.

Moore, 28, is out of Minor League options, so this spring could be his last chance to show the Nationals he deserves to make their roster as a bench player.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.