Bill Ladson

Souza's shoulder MRI reveals no major injury

Souza's shoulder MRI reveals no major injury

NEW YORK -- Nationals outfielder Steven Souza Jr. had an MRI on his left shoulder, and the results revealed no structural damage, but he does have inflammation in his AC joint. His rotator cuff is fine.

"That banging into the wall got him pretty good," manager Matt Williams said. "He has some AC issues there, too. But we'll calm that down and get him back to work on his baseball stuff. All the tests turned out real good there."

The injury occurred this past Friday in the second inning. With the Braves leading, 4-0, Freddie Freeman swung at a 2-1 pitch from right-hander Stephen Strasburg and hit a long drive to right field. Souza chased after the ball and collided with the wall at full speed as the ball went over the fence for a two-run homer.

Souza was on the ground for at least a minute, while Williams, athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and several teammates came to his aide.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.