Jun 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pinch hitter Nate McLouth (15) hits a RBI sacrifice fly against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: McLouth to Get Second Opinion on Ailing Shoulder

Start off your weekend with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

McLouth to get second opinion on ailing shoulder

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth will get a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder from a doctor outside the team, manager Matt Williams said Friday. McLouth was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 4 because of inflammation stemming from a play in which he dove for a ball against the Marlins on July 28.

“It’s not responding as well as he’d like it to respond,” Williams said. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals can boost playoff hopes by winning now, building a cushion

(Thomas Boswell, Washington Post)

In 10 days in August, the Nationals can make their September boring but their October thrilling.

In a homestand that began with a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, the Nats have a rare chance to do much more than add to their six-game lead in the National League East. While the Atlanta Braves face 10 straight games against contending teams, including the ornery Oakland A’s this weekend, the Nats have an opportunity few teams get: to set themselves up like kings for the rest of the regular season and the postseason, too. Read full article here.

Nationals take to resodded outfield after concert

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals’ grounds crew resodded a large area in the Nationals Park outfield on Wednesday night after a One Direction concert held at the stadium on Monday. Center fielder Denard Span went to check on the condition of the grass on Friday afternoon, accompanied by general manager Mike Rizzo, principal owner Mark Lerner and a member of the grounds crew.

“It’s soft,” Span said, when he returned to the dugout. “Real soft.” Read full article here.

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