Souza underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed reduced swelling of his right pectoral muscle, but doctors didn't clear him to resume a throwing program, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Souza began taking live batting practice and playing catch last week, but the Diamondbacks continue to restrict him from taking part in game-like throwing. Until that happens, Souza likely won't have a firm timeline to return from the 10-day disabled list. His ongoing absence paves the way for Jon Jay to continue handling most of the starts in right field.
Souza (pectoral) will continue throwing and take live batting practice Friday, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports. The outfielder threw Wednesday and will ramp up the intensity of his baseball workouts heading into the weekend. Sidelined since May 22, Souza could return within the next two weeks if things go smoothly in his exercises and rehab outings.
Souza (pectoral) began a throwing program Wednesday, Katherine Fitzgerald of The Arizona Republic reports. Souza threw from a distance of 45 feet for around five minutes. He's scheduled to throw again either Friday or Saturday before undergoing another MRI on Monday. If everything checks out OK, Souza will hopefully start to increase both the distance and intensity of his throwing next week before eventually being cleared for live action. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since May 22 with a strained pectoral.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (pectoral) said Souza would begin a throwing program either Tuesday or Wednesday, Justin Toscano of MLB.com reports. After a follow-up MRI revealed that Souza was recovering as expected from a strained right pectoral, he took batting practice Monday and will now take another step forward in his rehab by playing catch in the outfield. The Diamondbacks have another MRI on tap for Souza next Monday, so if he continues to heal up as expected, he could be cleared for a return to game action at extended spring training or one of Arizona's minor-league affiliates.
Souza (pectoral) is scheduled to undergo a follow-up MRI on Monday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. If Souza's scans reveal that his strained right pectoral muscle has healed as expected, he could be cleared to resume a throwing program at some point this week. After being shut down in mid-May, Souza has since resumed facing pitching in live batting practice, but taking part in throwing exercises would provide a better barometer of his health.