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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training

By on 12/16/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Washington Nationals head into the winter coming off a 96-win season and an advancement to the NLDS. At ninth in runs scored and first in ERA, the Nationals appear to need little this off season to improve the club. On the injury front, outfielder Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training after undergoing shoulder surgery in August.

As reported by Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post, McLouth was signed to be a capable left-handed bat off the bench at solid backup at all three outfield positions. The problem is that McLouth was limited by a bad shoulder and appeared in only 79 games.

McLouth is confident that his shoulder rehab will enable him to be ready for spring training, which will likely see him compete with Kevin Frandsen, Steven Souza and Michael Taylor for the fourth outfielder spot.
“It’s been a long process, I think it’s been like three and a half months since I’ve had the surgery, something like that, and like I said it’s definitely been monotonous, but I can definitely feel it getting stronger."
McLouth, a 10-year Major League veteran, hit .173 with a home run and seven RBI in 139 at bats this past season. McLouth has played for the Pirates, Braves, Orioles and Nationals and is a career .247 hitter with 101 home runs, 333 RBI and 133 stolen bases.

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