Nate McLouth needs season-ending shoulder surgery

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Two weeks after shutting down Nate McLouth with right shoulder soreness the Nationals announced that the veteran outfielder needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum.

McLouth played just 79 games and hit .173 for the Nationals in the first season of a two-year, $10.75 million deal that always seemed awfully rich for a fourth outfielder.

His status explains why the Nationals went looking for more outfield depth by signing Cubs castoff Nate Schierholtz to a minor-league contract.

McLouth is owed $5 million next season with a $6.5 million option or $750,000 buyout for 2016.