McLouth lands on DL with shoulder inflammation, Souza recalled (with lineups)

The Nationals placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon, and have recalled Steven Souza Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse to take McLouth’s place on the 25-man roster.

McLouth’s DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 2. The veteran outfielder has struggled offensively this season, hitting .179 in 139 at-bats.

nate-mclouth-bubble-white.jpgHe has stolen four bases, drawn 16 walks and played solid defense when called upon, but the playing time has been sparse of late for the 32-year-old.

Souza has absolutely dominated the Triple-A level, hitting .354/.435/.601 with 18 homers and 24 stolen bases in 91 games for Syracuse this season. He leads the International League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Don’t see that too often.

Souza was up with the Nats twice previously, going 1-for-8 with a walk and three strikeouts earlier this season.

Update: Souza has gotten bumped up a level, and now so, too, has outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who has been tearing up the Eastern League this season.

Taylor will move up to Triple-A Syracuse.

The 23-year-old speedster, who is the Nats’ top position player prospect, was hitting .313/.396/.539 with 22 homers and 34 stolen bases at Double-A Harrisburg this season.

For the Nationals
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LR Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Tanner Roark

For the Orioles
RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
LF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris Davis
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Ryan Flaherty
C Caleb Joseph
RHP Kevin Gausman

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