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Steven Souza | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Steven Souza went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday, dropping his average to .121.
Souza, bothered by a sore right forearm in recent days, is just 4-for-33 this spring. He's fanned 11 times and walked just once. Since March 7, he has two hits, both of them homers. If this keeps up, the Rays will have to weigh sending Souza down to begin the year. Such a move would open up playing time for David DeJesus, a player the team would still like to trade. Mar 25 - 5:29 PM

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Steven Souza's arm is "fine," per the Rays.

Souza has been bothered by some right forearm tightness since last Friday and he took a pitch off that same arm in Monday's Grapefruit League game, but these are all minor issues. He underwent an MRI this weekend that turned up clean and he remains an intriguing fantasy sleeper for the 2015 season. Souza, 25, hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 96 games last year at Triple-A.
Mar 23 - 3:24 PM

Steven Souza left Monday's Grapefruit League game after taking a pitch off his right arm.

It's the same arm that has been causing Souza discomfort since late last week. He had an MRI over the weekend that came back clean, but the Rays might now send him for X-rays to see whether the HBP caused any new damage. Souza is one of our favorite sleepers for the 2015 fantasy baseball season. He batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI, and 26 stolen bases in 96 games last year at Triple-A.
Mar 23 - 2:58 PM

Steven Souza (arm) is back in the Rays' Grapefruit League lineup on Monday afternoon.

Souza wasn't expected to return until Wednesday, but he apparently felt great during batting practice Sunday. An MRI taken this weekend showed no structural damage in his right forearm, which tightened up on him Friday during a game. The 25-year-old outfielder is one of our favorite fantasy sleepers for the 2015 season.
Mar 23 - 8:58 AM

Steven Souza (arm) won't play in Grapefruit League games until after the Rays' off day Tuesday.

Souza left Friday's game with forearm tightness after suffering a cramp diving for a ball. He will take batting practice Sunday, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said the team wants to be cautious with the outfielder. An MRI came back clean, so Souza should be fine in a few days.
Mar 22 - 8:42 AM

An MRI on Steven Souza's right forearm came back clean.

Souza felt tightness while attempting a diving catch during Friday's game, but he's fine. Expect him to return to action over the weekend.
Mar 20 - 5:07 PM

Steven Souza is undergoing a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's game versus the Blue Jays with right forearm tightness.

Souza injured his arm while attempting a diving catch. That he initially stayed in the game and the Rays are calling the exam precautionary suggests there shouldn't be too much worry yet, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says. Souza has breakout potential in 2015.
Mar 20 - 3:28 PM

Steven Souza hit a three-run homer off Ricky Nolasco as part of the Rays' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.

Souza is just 4-for-27, but he has two homers and a double in his nine games this spring. He'd probably have to keep slumping for another week to 10 days before the Rays give much thought to sending him down to begin the year.
Mar 19 - 5:12 PM

Steven Souza hit his first homer of the spring Thursday of the Jays' Marco Estrada.

Souza is 3-for-14 with five strikeouts in the early going. The Rays acquired him with the idea of making him a starting outfielder right away, though they could go in a different direction if he has a rough spring.
Mar 12 - 5:50 PM

Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that if the Rays trade Wil Myers to the Padres, they would then target Nationals' OF Steven Souza.

Souza hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 home runs in 357 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. He also stole 26 bases. In order to acquire the speedy slugger, the Rays would flip one or more of the prospects they received in the proposed Myers-to-Padres deal.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 01:40:00 PM

Nationals activated OF Steven Souza from the 15-day disabled list.

Souza landed on the disabled list early last month with a left shoulder contusion, but he didn't have any issues during his rehab assignment. The 25-year-old is 1-for-12 with the big club this season and will function as a reserve outfielder this month.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 03:45:00 PM

Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.

Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 11:49:00 AM

Steven Souza (shoulder) won't take batting practice until at least Tuesday.

He had been hoping to take BP Monday but felt some discomfort in his injured shoulder after taking soft-toss in the cage. Souza likely won't be activated until next month.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 08:10:00 PM

An MRI revealed no structural damage in Steven Souza's right shoulder.

He's nursing some inflammation in his AC joint, but the good news is that his rotator cuff is fine. "That banging into the wall got him pretty good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He has some AC issues there, too. But we'll calm that down and get him back to work on his baseball stuff. All the tests turned out real good there."
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 09:25:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
10Brandon Gomes
11Everett Teaford
12Burch Smith
13C.J. Riefenhauser
14Jim Miller