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Nationals shut down Nate McLouth, call up hot-hitting Steven Souza

Aug 4, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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This offseason the Nationals made Nate McLouth a very expensive fourth outfielder by signing him to a two-year, $10.75 million deal, but he’s hit just .173 in limited playing time and now he’s on the disabled list.

McLouth has been shut down with right shoulder inflammation and according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he’s been playing through it “for much of the season, an ailment the Nationals and McLouth kept private.”

Add another name to the ever-expanding list of playing through injuries working out poorly.

To replace McLouth on the roster the Nationals called up Steven Souza Jr., who’s had a monster season at Triple-A by hitting .354 with 18 homers and a 1.036 OPS. While not considered a top prospect at age 25, he also put up strong numbers in 2012 and 2013 and can play all over the diamond defensively.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Get better Nate.

  2. someguyinva - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    The cynical among us might claim we’ve been down this road before – http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/23/nationals-place-dan-haren-on-the-disabled-list/

    • shawndc04 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      When asked about the shoulder injury, didn’t a perplexed Haren reply “Which shoulder”?

      • someguyinva - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Not quite. He was asked “Why are you going on the DL?” and he replied, “I don’t know; what did they tell you?”

  3. jamnew44 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I thought it might be something wrong with when I saw him make a throw after a running catch in the outfield and the throw looked like a rainbow. Get well Nate.

  4. pbastille - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Taking the Tiger Woods cue…

    • jerze2387 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      his wife beat him with a golf club after he slept with 247 cocktail waitresses????

  5. chip56 - Aug 4, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    What an awful signing.

    • natinals10 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      The one thing rizzo can not seem to figure out is the bench. This years bunch is awful and last last year was worse.

  6. psousa1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Souza spells his name wrong

  7. thelongestgoodbye - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Nate seems like a great guy and he was a spark plug in Baltimore. I have to say all the players the Orioles let walk, seem to fizzle on other teams. Sorry for the Nats, thought he would be a nice piece.

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