Souza day to day after tests negative on knee

September 9th, 2017

BOSTON -- Steven Souza Jr. wasn't in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Red Sox due to his bruised left knee, but the news was good following his MRI and X-rays on Saturday.

"We got good news from the MRI and the X-rays," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Everything came back negative. I think some soft tissue irritation to the knee. He hit it pretty good. We'll just see how he goes the rest of the day and see how he is tomorrow. But it's really day to day."

Souza ran hard into the side wall in right field in the fourth inning of Friday night's 9-3 loss to the Red Sox, injuring his knee while trying to take away a base hit from .

Souza sounded optimistic even though his knee was "pretty swollen" on Saturday.

"Still pretty sore," Souza said. "Still pretty stiff. But like I said, really good news that the structure is intact."

Souza doesn't believe his injury will be season-ending, but he doesn't know how long it will take him to get back onto the field.

"Just until I can loosen back up and the pain goes away," Souza said.

Souza has been a huge part of the Rays' offense this season, hitting .246 with 29 home runs and 77 RBIs. He has also been a standout on defense while remaining healthy for the better part of the season, something he hasn't been able to do in past years with the Rays.