The Cubs released Souza on Tuesday.
Souza went unclaimed off waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment over the weekend, but the 31-year-old outfielder will pursue opportunities elsewhere rather than stick around at Chicago's alternate training site. Before being dropped from the 40-man roster, Souza appeared in 11 games and hit .148 with one home run across 27 at-bats.
Souza was designated for assignment following the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Souza got the start in Game 1, but he went 0-for-2 and saw his average on the season drop to .148, and that apparently led the Cubs to take him off the roster. It remains to be seen what Souza's next move will be, but he will need to clear waivers for the Cubs to have any chance of retaining him.
Souza is starting in left field and batting eighth in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
With Kyle Schwarber slotting in as the designated hitter, Souza will patrol left field. The 31-year-old has played in just 10 games this year after missing some time due to a hamstring strain, and he finds himself in an even more crowded outfield these days with Cameron Maybin coming over at the trade deadline. Expect Souza to retreat to the bench for the second game Saturday.
Souza (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Souza had been out since mid-August with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He filled a bench role prior to suffering the injury and should be in the same position going forward, with the deadline-day addition of Cameron Maybin potentially cutting into his already limited at-bats.
Souza (hamstring) could return to the active roster as early as Tuesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Souza ramped up his workload over the weekend while dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. As a result, he could be available for the Cubs during the team's series in Pittsburgh. Once he returns from the injured list, he should continue to serve as outfield depth. He'll have even more competition for playing time after the Cubs traded for Cameron Maybin on Monday.
Souza (hamstring) reported to the Cubs' alternate training site and took five at-bats Friday without issue, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
It's not clear when Souza will be ready to rejoin the Cubs, but manager David Ross did say he is "trending in the right direction."
Souza's hamstring strain is in the Grade 1 category, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Thankfully for Souza and the Cubs, the injury that sent the outfielder to the injured list Tuesday fit into the mildest category. It's not clear exactly when he's expected to return, however. Souza primarily filled a bench role to start the season, so his loss won't be a major one for Chicago.
Souza was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Souza was scratched from Monday's lineup with a hamstring issue, and the injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined for at least 10 days. It's unclear when he'll be healthy enough to return to the active roster. Hernan Perez was recalled from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Souza was scratched from the lineup for Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cardinals due to right hamstring tightness.
Souza was in line to make his second consecutive start in right field with Jason Heyward (back) still sidelined, but he's dealing with a right hamstring issue. The severity is unclear, and whether he misses any additional time remains to be seen. Ian Happ will step in as the right fielder for the first game of Monday's doubleheader.
Souza is starting in right field and batting fifth in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Souza went 1-for-2 with a home run Saturday after entering the game as a pinch-hitter, so the Cubs will reward him with his fifth start of the season. Notably, Souza has exclusively played the field when he's been in the lineup this year, with no appearances as the designated hitter. Before the season, the team talked about using Souza as the DH to ease stress on his surgically repaired knee, but the 31-year-old has proven capable of playing the outfield.
Souza went 1-for-2 with a solo home run Saturday against the Brewers.
Souza entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and whiffed in his first at-bat. However, he came through two innings later, taking Corey Knebel deep for a solo home run to tie the game at four. It was Souza's first home run of the season, though he only has 20 plate appearances for the campaign. That said, he has at least one plate appearance in each of the team's past three games, reaching base three times in five chances.
Souza could work as the Cubs' DH when the abbreviated regular season gets underway, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
MLB officially adopted the universal DH for its shortened season, which bodes well for Souza. The 31-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so the Cubs likely won't want to push him too hard in the field. Souza, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Victor Caratini could all split some time at DH as new manager David Ross looks to navigate the 60-game slate.
Souza could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Albert Almora and Ian Happ, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Souza was likely behind Happ and Almora in the battle for playing time before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. That will still likely be the case whenever the regular season is able to begin, but Souza could benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH, which has been discussed as the league mulls options for a condensed season. The 30-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so if he's able to hit some without playing the field, the Cubs may deploy him in that role to ease him back into action.
Souza is one of several candidates for the Cubs' final roster spot out of spring training, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
MLB teams now get 26 roster spots to play with, and Souza could take advantage as a reserve outfielder for the Cubs. The 30-year-old is stuck behind stalwarts such as Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Ian Happ and Albert Almora, but just seeing Souza back in the majors would be a nice development after he missed all of 2019 due to a major knee injury.
Souza said he feels "100 percent back to normal" after missing all of last season with a knee injury, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports.
Souza suffered a gruesome knee injury near the end of spring training last year and has spent the last 11 months rehabbing. Arizona cut the 30-year-old loose, so the Cubs picked him up in the offseason on a team-friendly deal with a number of incentives built in if Souza can stay on the field. He showed a nice combo of power and speed earlier in his career and will hope to reestablish himself in Chicago, though he'll likely begin the year as a reserve outfielder, so playing time could be sporadic in the early going.
Souza went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.
After missing all of 2019 due to a knee injury, Souza is looking to show he's fully healthy this spring, and this was a nice start. The 30-year-old is likely to serve as a reserve outfielder, so his fantasy value will be limited unless he's able to secure regular playing time at some point.
Souza and the Cubs are finalizing a deal Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The specifics of the deal have not yet been revealed. Souza missed all of the 2019 campaign after tearing his ACL, LCL and PCL in spring training. He wasn't great in his most recent season, hitting .220/.309/.369 in 72 games for Arizona in 2018, a year in which he battled shoulder and back injuries. If healthy this season, he should at least make a decent bench option for the Cubs, but it would take a significant step forward in his age-31 season for him to become an enticing fantasy asset.
Souza (knee) is running, hitting and throwing at 100 percent and drawing interest from at least four teams, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The 30-year-old underwent knee surgery in April, but the most recent update on his rehab suggests that he will likely be ready for spring training. Souza has drawn interest from the Rangers, Rays, Cubs and Giants even after missing the entire 2019 season as a result of his surgery. The outfielder showed some regression in 2018 by hitting .220/.309/.369 with five home runs over 72 games after hitting 30 home runs in 148 games the year before, but he will look to bounce back in 2020.
Souza (knee) was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Souza will head to the open market after missing the entire 2019 season while on the mend from a torn ACL. He advanced to batting practice near the end of September and should be ready for spring training, assuming he finds a new home.
Souza (knee) took batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Souza suffered a gruesome injury during Arizona's penultimate spring training game when he tore his ACL and LCL along with partial tears of his PCL and posterior lateral capsule. Souza was pleased that he was able to take batting practice and expressed that feeling on twitter, telling all "2020 I'm coming for ya!"
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