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Nats place McLouth on DL

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(AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed backup outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. McLouth is hitting .179 with one homer and seven RBI’s in 79 games, including 33 starts.

Washington filled the roster spot by recalling outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Triple-A Syracuse. Souza is leading the International League with a .354 average and went 1-for-8 in a previous stint with the Nats this year.

In other major league news:

— Giants pitcher Matt Cain will have season-ending surgery next week to remove bone chips in his right elbow. The 29-year-old Cain hasn’t pitched since July 9 after opening the season 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA.

— Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had a pain-free throwing session Monday, making 25 throws from 60 feet. It was his first action since being sidelined in early July with a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

— Javier Baez will join the Chicago Cubs Tuesday in Colorado and could make his major league debut in the three-game series against the Rockies. The 21-year-old middle infielder hit .300 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 32 games for Triple-A Iowa.

— The Mets have cut 40-year-old outfielder Bobby Abreu, who was hitless in his last 22 at-bats as a pinch-hitter. The Mets called up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Abreu.


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