Souza went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's 3-0 win over Arizona. Souza played 72 games with the Diamondbacks in 2018, clubbing five homers and driving in 29 runs. He's struggled to find his footing in the league since, but the Dodgers gave him another chance in the big leagues after he put up a strong showing with their Triple-A club earlier this season. The 32-year-old came through with the big hit in Friday's win, belting a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and send Los Angeles on to victory. Souza has gone 2-for-6 in two games with the Dodgers thus far.
Souza's contract was selected by the Dodgers on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Souza was released by the Astros in late March but began the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He appeared in 22 minor-league games and slashed .279/.444/.603 with six home runs, 17 runs and 16 RBI. He should fill a depth role in the outfield after right-hander Nate Jones was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Souza signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Souza was released by Houston on March 24 but will land a minor-league agreement one day before the start of the regular season. The Dodgers have plenty of talent in the outfield, but Souza could serve as depth at some point in 2021. The 31-year-old has appeared in 83 major-league games with the Diamondbacks and Cubs across the past two seasons and slashed .213/.304/.366 with six home runs, 34 RBI and seven stolen bases.
The Astros plan to release Souza on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Souza's release strengthens Chas McCormick's hopes of claiming a spot on Houston's Opening Day roster as a fourth outfielder. The 31-year-old Souza failed to get going at the plate during Grapefruit League play, striking out in 13 of his 22 at-bats.
Souza (foot) will start in right field and will bat sixth in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. After fouling a ball off his foot in a workout Saturday, Souza appeared in games both Sunday and Monday, but he was limited to DH duties in both contests. Now that Souza is back in the outfield, the Astros are seemingly comfortable with the health of his left foot. The injury doesn't look like it will derail Souza's bid to win a bench role on the Opening Day roster.
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