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.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.