Souza strains shoulder attempting catch

D-backs right fielder to undergo MRI on Thursday

March 22nd, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Wednesday's 14-0 loss to the Giants in the top of the fourth inning with a strained right shoulder after a diving attempt at a double to right-center field.
Souza appeared to land poorly on his arm and shoulder and walked off the field holding his right arm. Two runs scored on the play, giving the Giants a 7-0 lead. He will undergo an MRI on Thursday morning.
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"It was a great jump by a right fielder that was trying to make a play and get us out of a situation," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "That's exactly who Steven Souza is. He dove, he laid out. It seemed like he was very close to the ball. He was closing on it quickly. You expect him to get up from those things, and when he doesn't, you've got to kind of hold your breath."
With Opening Day a week from Thursday and the extent of Souza's injury not yet known, it's difficult to predict whether he could still be ready to play on Opening Day, but judging from the pain the injury seemed to cause, a recovery that quick could strain the limits of a best-case scenario.
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"I wish I could give you guys a bunch of details, but nothing is known right now," Lovullo said. "There is zero information. We'll collect all that tomorrow."
Lovullo confirmed the team did not get an X-ray Wednesday night and that he was not told there were any broken bones.
After Souza's departure, shortstop Chris Owings moved to right field and came into the game at short.
Souza is projected as the D-backs' starting right fielder, beside A.J. Pollock in center and in left. , who started in center Wednesday, is the projected fourth outfielder, with Owings and third catcher candidate Chris Herrmann also expected to log innings in the outfield.
Souza and Dyson were acquired in February, giving the D-backs a solid set of four outfielders and making it harder for to find a spot on the roster. Tomas played 305 games for the D-backs over the past three seasons and entered the game as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher in the fifth inning, staying in to play left field.
"Worst-case scenario, we're built for this," Lovullo said. "The depth that we have, the work that the front office has done, we're built for moments like this. I know the guys are ready for challenges, and we'll see more tomorrow. We're not going to really fast-forward any thoughts until we know exactly what's going on with Steven."
Souza hit 30 homers for the Rays last season and is hitting .222 (6-for-27) this spring with two homers and seven RBIs. Lovullo didn't question Souza's instincts in putting his body on the line in a Cactus League game.
"I'm never going to take away anybody's aggressiveness, especially someone who's done it his whole career," Lovullo said. "He's played with his governor totally off, and that's what makes him so special."