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

The Washington Nationals today recalled outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League and placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day Disabled List (retroactive to Aug. 2) with right shoulder inflammation. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

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.