Nationals recall OF Steven Souza Jr., place OF Nate McLouth on 15-day DL

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by Amanda Comak

Washington Nationals vs Houston AstrosThe Washington Nationals recalled outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday afternoon and placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day Disabled List (retroactive to Aug. 2) with right shoulder inflammation.

Souza, who rejoins the Nationals for his second Major League stint of the season, currently leads the International League in batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.435), slugging percentage (.601) and OPS (1.036).

In 91 games with Syracuse this season, Souza, 25, has collected 43 extra-base hits, including 23 doubles, two triples and 18 home runs. He has stolen 24 bases and been caught seven times.

During his first call-up this season, Souza was 1-for-8 (.125) with a walk and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances spanning eight games (one start).

McLouth, 32, is 24-for-139 (.179) in 79 games (33 starts) this season. The Nationals’ primary left-handed bat off the bench has six doubles, one home run and seven RBI this season. He’s walked 16 times and stolen four bases.


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One of the most critical skills that a Manager or Head Coach of a Major League Baseball team must master is knowing when to pull a pitcher when that pitcher’s effectiveness has drained during a game. Williams is still a rookie in that regard. Hopefully he will improve on his recent errors with Soriano and Roark. This will be especially true if and when the Nats make the playoffs. Williams has been blessed with a tremendously talented rotation and bull pen. But even the best pitchers have off days and the Manager must be especially note worthy of those times and indicators when they begin to crumble or show weakness. It is this skill that determines the good Managers from the great ones.

Harold G. Pavel

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