Start off your week with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:
With McLouth DL-bound, prospect Souza coming up
WASHINGTON — The Nationals are planning to call up outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and place outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder problems, according to a baseball source.
Souza, 25, is having a tremendous season, hitting .354 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs for Triple-A Syracuse. The Chiefs were playing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday when Souza was taken out in the first inning. Read full article here.
Washington Nationals Will Miss 3B Ryan Zimmerman’s Offense
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup again due to injury.
Zimmerman missed a significant number of games early in the season with a thumb injury, but this time could be more serious. The Washington Nationals are reporting that the third baseman suffered a Grade 3 hamstring injury. That is the most severe type of injury to the muscle. While Zimmerman’s throwing ability is visibly deteriorating, his bat will be missed in the Nationals’ lineup. Read full article here.
Adam LaRoche feeling good despite rough results in July
Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche have batted right next to each other almost every day this season, but in July their results could not have been farther apart. Jayson Werth may win the National League player of the month award for the second straight July – he posted a 1.132 OPS and 1.6 wins above replacement, the most in the majors.
LaRoche could be found at the opposite end of the July leader boards. He may have been the Nationals’ best hitter over the first three months of the season. In July, LaRoche produced a .465 OPS, lowest among qualified NL players and third-worst in the majors. Read full article here.
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