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Friday, August 15, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth not close to return

By on 8/15/2014 10:45:00 AM

Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, is not expected to return Sunday when he is eligible, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Although McLouth traveled with the team on the just-completed road trip, manager Matt Williams said he has not resumed baseball activities. “He’s strengthening at this point...We’ll get him back out and start testing it a little bit. He’s on target.” The lefty batting McLouth hit .173/.280/.237 in his backup role (162 PAs in 79 games) before being placed on the DL as of August 2. With Jayson Werth out for a few days and Steven Souza, Jr also on the DL as the result of a wall collision, the Nationals called up 23-year-old prospect Michael Taylor last week.

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).

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