Souza leaves game with undisclosed injury
By Bill Ladson
ATLANTA — Nationals right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Friday’s game in the bottom of the third inning against the Braves because of an undisclosed injury.
The injury occurred in the bottom of the second inning. With Atlanta leading, 4-0, Freddie Freeman swung at a 2-1 pitch from right-hander Steven Strasburg and hit a long fly ball to right field. Souza went after the ball and hit the wall extremely hard as the ball went over the fence for a two-run homer.
Souza was on the ground for at least a minute, while manager Matt Williams, athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and several teammates came to his aide. Souza got up on his own power and was able to get an at-bat in the top of the third inning. He lined out hard to shortstop Ramiro Pena before he was taken out of the game.