CHICAGO -- Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi has been impressing Nationals manager Davey Johnson with his play as of late.
Lombardozzi -- who is hitting .254 with 12 doubles and 16 RBIs in 228 at-bats this season entering Thursday -- went 4-for-8 in his last two starts. He also made a heads-up play by breaking for the plate on Ross Ohlendorf's second-inning bunt in Wednesday's 11-6 win over the Cubs.
"He's a ballplayer," Johnson said. "He's 100 percent in, and the play that went unnoticed was his great read on the third-strike bunt by Ohlendorf, and he made that easy.
"It was not that far in front of home plate, and he came right with the third baseman and made it look like it was a thought-out play. But it was all his read, so he's a smart player."
Lombardozzi went 2-for-5 with a double and his first home run of the season in the Nationals' 5-4 win over the Cubs in 13 innings on Thursday.
Moore hoping to make an impression with Nats
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Tyler Moore is looking to finish the season strong after being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 17.
Moore -- who posted a .263/.327/.513 line with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 156 at-bats in 2012 -- began the 2013 season with the Nationals, but struggled, hitting .151 before being sent down on July 8.
Moore performed well for Syracuse, posting a .318/.395/.584 line in 45 games with 10 homers and 46 RBIs. He said the difference was that he got his timing back, something he struggled with as a result of limited plate appearances early in the season with the Nationals.
"I was fortunate to go down to Triple-A and find everything," Moore said. "I was able to get back in the groove … it was more of a timing thing. I was just starting late all year, and then once you get some at-bats you kind of figure that out and say, 'OK, that was the problem.' So it's good. I found it and I'm blessed to be back up here."
Moore was in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Cubs. He also started on Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the sixth inning. He had two hits in his return on Saturday.
"[I] just want to finish strong," Moore said. "I just wanted to come back up here, and I've been getting a little more playing time, so it's been good."
Moore went 2-for-5 with a run in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Cubs in 13 innings.
DeJesus reportedly claimed by Tampa Bay
CHICAGO -- ESPNChicago.com reported that outfielder David DeJesus -- whom the Nationals acquired in a waiver trade with the Cubs on Monday and was placed on revocable waivers by Washington the same day -- has been claimed by Tampa Bay.
The Nationals could pull DeJesus back, accept the claim by the Rays -- in which case the Rays would assume just over $1 million that remains of his 2013 salary plus a $6.5 million club option or $1.5 million buyout for 2014 -- or negotiate a trade with Tampa Bay.
The deadline for one of those actions to be completed is Friday at 1 p.m. ET, as teams have 48 hours to finish a deal after a claim is put in.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson downplayed the significance of DeJesus being claimed, saying it's a normal process at this time of the season.
"After you pass the Trade Deadline, clubs are always putting guys on waivers," Johnson said. "It's another way of evaluating the talent you have. If somebody claims him and they offer you somebody that you think fits in the future plans, you might accept the deal.
"But it's a normal practice. … You'd be surprised at how many guys go on waivers every day that you don't hear about."
DeJesus struck out in his only at-bat in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Cubs in 13 innings.
• Ian Desmond, who came out of Wednesday's game against the Cubs in the fifth inning with tightness in his back, was not in the lineup for Thursday's series finale.
"His back is still a little stiff," Johnson said. "He's a tough cookie. He didn't want to come out of the game, but he was hurting … it's not that much better this morning. He's an iron-man. He's been an iron-man all year. I'm sure we'll miss him in the lineup, but we didn't want to make it worse."
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with his seventh-inning blast in Wednesday's win over the Cubs, Scott Hairston became the first player in the Majors since Tony Batista on Sept. 20, 2001, to hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run against a team he played for earlier in the same season.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.