The Nationals announced late this afternoon that outfielder Denard Span has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Steven Souza has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place on the active roster.
Span suffered the concussion when he collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla while running the bases last night. You can watch the play here.
Nationals manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Span had a headache last night and didn’t pass a concussion test today. The 30-year-old missed a large portion of the 2011 season with a concussion, so there’s every reason for the Nationals to play it safe.
Nate McLouth, who signed a two-year, $10.75 million deal with the Nationals during the offseason, should see regular playing time while Span is sidelined. Jayson Werth left last night’s game with groin tightness and is out of the lineup today, but the injury is considered minor.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.