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Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth to be placed on DL

By on 8/03/2014 08:15:00 PM

The Washington Nationals are expected to place outfielder Nate McLouth on the DL with shoulder issues and call up prospect Steven Souza Jr from Triple-A Syracuse, according to Bill Ladson of MLB. McLouth  is hitting only .173/.280/.237 (OPS+ 46) in limited duty as a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter. Souza Jr, an International League All-Star, has posted a line of  .352/.434/.599 with 18 homers and 70 RBIs in 90 games.

McLouth, 32, a veteran of ten major league seasons (Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore and now Washington) was the Pirates 25th round draft pick in 2000, making his major league debut on June 29, 2005. He was traded by the Pirates to the Atlanta Braves for Gorkys HernandezJeff Locke and Charlie Morton in June 2009. As a free agent in October 2011, McLouth signed with his old team, but after a poor start (.140/.210/.175) the Pirates released him at the end of May 2012. The Orioles picked him up and he rebounded to help them win the 2012 Wild Card. In two years with the O's, McLouth provided exemplary fielding while slashing .261/.333/.409.

The Nationals, looking at an aging Jayson Werth and a perhaps over-eager Bryce Harper, signed McLouth to a 2-year $10.75 million contract (team option for 2016). He has appeared in 79 of the Nats 108 games, with 162 plate appearances.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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