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Sunday, April 13, 2014

UPDATE: Nats' Nate McLouth dealing with knee tendonitis

By on 4/13/2014 05:15:00 PM

Having raided their Triple-A squad and using backups to the backups, the injury-ridden Washington Nationals scratched outfielder Nate McLouth just before today's game against the Atlanta Braves, replacing him with utilityman Kevin Frandsen.

UPDATE: 4/13/2014 5:15 p.m.
Nate McLouth told reporters after today's game that he has left knee tendonitis, a problem he has dealt with for years. Manager Matt Williams said McLouth will be reevalutated tomorrow.

McLouth, 32, was signed by the Nationals as a free agent to a 2-year $10.75 million contract (option for 2016), in order to supplement the Nationals' bench. A part-time player for most of his career, McLouth played 146 games at left, center and DH for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013, slashing .258/.329/.399 with 12 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

McLouth has already played in 9 of Washington's first 11 games (2 for 13). The Nationals' outfield is without centerfielder Denard Span (concussion) so McLouth was originally scheduled to start in center field today, with Bryce Harper manning his usual left field and Jayson Werth in right. Harper was moved to center, batting second, with Frandsen taking left.

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