Souza progressing on rehab assignment

Souza progressing on rehab assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- Nats outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is three games into his rehab assignment as he recovers from a right shoulder strain that he suffered on Aug. 8 after crashing into the outfield wall while attempting to rob Freddie Freeman of a homer. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10, and an MRI showed no structural damage.

After beginning his rehab assignment with one game at Class A Hagerstown on Thursday, Souza was moved up to Class A Advanced Potomac for two games over the weekend.

"He played three. He's doing the normal progression," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He's getting his ABs. Any time you're off, though, you have to make sure you get that timing back. So that's where he's at. The time frame, we don't know yet. We want him to do well and want him to make sure that his timing's good and his swing feels good. And when that time is, we'll call him back."

Through his first 12 at-bats in the big leagues, the 25-year-old has just one hit.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.