by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Steven Souza, Jr., who overcame a tremendous amount of personal obstacles to resurrect his career before being recalled to join the Nationals earlier this week, exited a game between the Nationals and Braves early after smashing into the right field wall at Turner Field Friday evening.

The collision, which is difficult to watch, came in the bottom of the second inning as the Nationals trailed the Braves 4-0, with Souza attempting to rob Freddie Freeman of a home run to end the inning.

This was the same right field wall Bryce Harper slammed into last May, before eventually crashing into a second right field wall at Dodger Stadium two weeks later.

Freeman would get his home run as Souza lay flat on the ground, momentarily motionless in right field, before shaking off the cobwebs to rise to his feet and greet concerned teammates and Nationals medical personnel.

Souza bravely finished the inning before being replaced in the lineup by Kevin Frandsen.

It’s unclear whether Souza sustained any substantial injuries from the crash, which could be heard loudly on the television broadcast.

Let’s hope for the best.

The Braves would go on to defeat the Nationals 7-6.


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