Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 4 Days

McLouth is expected to open the season on the disabled list, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports.

McLouth remains on a long rehab process from offseason shoulder surgery, but a the setback will likely keep him from taking the field early in the season. "Remember that this rehab process is a long one," manager Matt Williams said. "He feels good about the way things have progressed. He's disappointed that there's a setback and you just have to deal with it. He'll be fine. When he's ready to go, he's ready to go. But right now it's about his health and having him available for the long run. We don't want to push him too hard."

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 9 Days

McLouth (shoulder) might not be ready for Opening Day, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals are likely going to need McLouth soon with Jayson Werth and Denard Span on injury watch, despite McLouth batting an awful .173/.280.237 in a 2014 season cut short with a torn labrum. That same shoulder is still bothering him, which doesn't create confidence that we're going to see any quick recovery there in the next few weeks.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 14 Days

McLouth was scratched from Saturday's split-squad game due to soreness in his shoulder, the Washington Post reports.

He was originally scheduled to DH. Nationals manager Matt Williams indicated that the club was just being cautious with McLouth, so at this point it doesn't look like he's had any kind of setback in his recovery from his shoulder surgery.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 17 Days

McLouth (shoulder) got the start at DH during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game, going 1-for-2.

Things continue to look good for McLouth, who will see some more action at DH before the Nationals elect to test his surgically-repaired shoulder in the field. Assuming he has no setbacks this spring, he could see regular at-bats in April in a Nats outfield that will be without Denard Span (core muscle) and possibly Jayson Werth (shoudler).

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 19 Days

McLouth (shoulder) is close to making his spring debut, the Washington Post reports.

With Denard Span on the shelf due to core muscle surgery and Jayson Werth not yet confirmed to be available for Opening Day, there could be plenty of at-bats for McLouth in April once he demonstrates that he's fully recovered from his own labrum surgery. If he looks to be in top form, he could provide owners in NL-only leagues with some cheap early steals.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 1 Month

McLouth's shoulder felt good after a batting practice session on Saturday, and he expects to be fully recovered from his labrum surgery before Opening Day, the Washington Post reports. "Strength-wise, as far as working out, I'm pretty much at 100 percent," McLouth said. "But it's still building up the arm and the amount of swings is where I'm at. But everything I've done so far feels fine."

The veteran will once again be the Nationals' fourth outfielder in 2015 if he's healthy, a role that could give McLouth some value out of the gate in April if Jayson Werth's own shoulder issues delay the start of his season.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 1 Month

McLouth believes his shoulder will return to 100 percent over the next few weeks, Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports.McLouth was placed on the disabled list in early August, and missed the remainder of the season due to the shoulder issue. He is apparently beginning to return to form, but has a few hills to climb with endurance and volume, which will likely come in the next few weeks when he ups his baseball regimen. McLouth is expected to serve as a backup for all three of the Nats' starting outfielders in 2015 assuming he performs.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 7 Months

McLouth (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.

This is just a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Nate Schierholtz, as McLouth has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder earlier in the week. McLouth is expected to be ready for spring training.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 7 Months

McLouth (shoulder) is expected to be ready for spring training, Dan Kolko of reports.

McLouth is slated to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Thursday, but manager Matt Williams expects him to be back at full health before position players report next spring. In the first year of a two-year pact with Washington, McLouth hit just .173/.280/.237 with one homer in 79 games. The team signed veteran Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal Monday, and Schierholtz may take McLouth's role as a lefty bench bat come September.

Nate McLouth LF/RF WAS 7 Months

McLouth (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, CSN Washington reports.

It's a rough end to the season for McLouth, who has missed most of August with the shoulder issue. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed the tear and will face a lengthy recovery process after undergoing surgery. The Nationals signed Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal Monday, and he figures to add insurance to the outfield in McLouth's stead. The 32-year-old McLouth concludes the season batting .173 with seven RBI and 35 strikeouts in 139 at-bats.