The Rockies are scheduled to start left-handers against the Rangers at Texas on Wednesday and Thursday. Texas will next face a right-hander on Friday when Clay Buchholz is scheduled to start for the Red Sox.
Moreland is hitting .274 (20-for-73) with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBIs. He's hitless in seven at-bats with four strikeouts against left-handers.
"Believe me, it bothers me that I can't get Mitch out there, because I certainly would love to have his bat in that lineup," Washington said. "You don't think I'm hurting without his bat being in that lineup? But there's nothing I can do."
In his career, Moreland has hit .231 (75-for-325) against left-handers with seven homers and 36 RBIs.
Asked whether Moreland would again be out of the lineup Wednesday, Washington said, "I don't know."
That sounded like Moreland might get a chance to start against a leff-hander. "I'm thinking about that, because we need his bat," Washington said. "But then again, I certainly don't want to put himself in a position where he's already set up to fail."
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.