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.
Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez is looking at a 3-4 week recovery period, the team announced on Friday. Hernandez has been officially diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder after getting pulled from his last start against the Tigers on Tuesday.
It’s not the first shoulder issue the 31-year-old righty has dealt with during his career. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times notes that Hernandez was previously diagnosed with bursitis during a minor league stint in 2005, several weeks prior to making his major league start for Seattle. This time around, however, the injury is coupled with a few years of not-so-sharp stuff, waning velocity and career-low numbers, and while it’s certainly not a worst-case diagnosis, it seems like greater cause for concern.
Without Felix, the Mariners will keep rolling with James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ariel Miranda, Yovani Gallardo and Chase De Jong in their rotation. They’ll also keep Ben Gamel in right field, with starting right fielder Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks after sustaining a Grade 2 strain in his right oblique on Tuesday.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.