Washington Nationals' outfielder Nate McLouth went for an enhanced MRI on his right shoulder on Monday after time on the Disabled list to rest it didn't help.
As Nats' skipper Matt Williams told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner, on Monday, the shoulder wasn't, "'... improving as fast as he’d [it] like to,'" so the MRI arthrogram was scheduled to get a better look at the trouble spot.
"'Once he gets those results, we’ll have a better sense of where he’s at,'" Williams was quoted stating.
This afternoon the Nationals announced that the 32-year-old outfielder who signed a 2-year/$10.75M deal with the Nats this winter will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in the shoulder on Thursday and miss the rest of the season:
#Nats OF Nate McLouth will undergo surgery on Thurs. to repair the labrum in his R shoulder. He will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 19, 2014
Shortly after that tweet, the Nationals sent the following out via their official Twitter account:
New #Nats OF Nate Schierholtz has reported to Triple-A Syracuse and is in the lineup tonight for the Chiefs.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 19, 2014
The Nationals signed Schierholtz after he was released by the Chicago Cubs recently, announcing a minor league deal with the veteran outfielder yesterday afternoon.
Schierholtz avoided arbitration with the Cubs and signed a 1-year/$5M deal last January.
In his eighth major league season, the left-handed hitting outfielder put up a .192/.240/.300 line in 99 games and 341 plate appearances over which he hit 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs in his second season in Chicago.
McLouth played 79 games or the Nationals this season, putting up a .173/.280/.237 line with six doubles and a home run in 162 plate appearances before he was placed on the DL back on August 4th.