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LaRoche hindered by sore shoulder

Mar 1, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Shoulder soreness is preventing Adam LaRoche from playing the field for now.

VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche made his spring training debut for the Nationals today, but not at the first base position he's expected to man for at least the next two seasons.

A case of shoulder soreness is restricting LaRoche to designated hitter duties for now, though the 31-year-old insists he'd be able to play if the calendar showed early April instead of early March.

"No question," he said. "Without a doubt. I wouldn't hesitate. But I don't want to stupidly turn it into something that it didn't have to."

LaRoche isn't exactly sure what precipitated the discomfort. He said he began feeling it shortly before arriving in Viera.

"I can't pinpoint anything," he said. "I've never had an arm injury in my career, and I really don't want to call it an injury. It's just a little sore."Read more ยป

  1. NatsNut - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    re: redesign. It gets worse every time I come back. Make it stop!

  2. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    The new FONT of the NATS INSIDER title looks odd.What's up with that?

  3. Sec 204 Row H Seat 7 - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    I am just glad you have a paying gig. I will read your posts regardless of the design.

  4. Feel Wood - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    I will read your posts as long as my eyes hold out. Which with this new design will not be nearly as long as with the old.

  5. 320R2S15 - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    I'm not much of a change guy, but I guess all things must….The pic of MZ is not what I would call an improvement.

  6. Tcostant - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    I agree with Wood, it is hard on the eyes…Less Is More

  7. PAY TO PLAY - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110301&content_id=16776360&vkey=news_cle&c_id=cle#SO Jim Bowden and his Reds guy Kearns now have even more in common.

  8. Steve M. - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    ….and Bryce Harper gets a SINGLE

  9. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Mark… honestly this site is worse looking and feeling in every way. Please tell CSN to stop fixing what wasn't broken. But that's what happens when the gutty little company gets swallowed up by the big corporation. You're working for the man now…

  10. 6thandD - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    God Mark, that picture of you looks like somebody that hung out with my dad when he worked at HUD.

  11. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    i dont think "the man" is trying to make the site worse. give MZ and whoever redesigned the site a break, its clearly a work in progress

  12. Big Cat - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I see my boy Marrero was 2 for 2 and had a fine defensive game at first. I don't know who started all this talk about him being horrible in the field. I saw him in Potomac a couple years ago and he was fine. This kid can hitHarper's hit was a double the other way. Now hitting .250. They said he had a guy gunned at home but Norris dropped the ball. Im tellin ya, he's gonna burn spring training up!

  13. Tcostant - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Mark -Can I ask a stupid question? Why is their a DH in a game between to National League teams? Seems to me pitchers will most likely be lifted for pinch hitters with their limited innings and if not, it a good time to work on bunting. Is the call (on DH use) one that the home team makes? It seems very short sighted to me.P.S. The darker font on the new design is a little better than this morning.

  14. SonnyG10 - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Sure hope LaRoache is ok. Don't want to think about losing him.

  15. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    I don't know … albeit a left-handed bat is good. But Marerro went 2 for 2 today and Morse again is very, very hot. He looks like a sure bet to hit .300, add Werth and Zimmerman in front of him hitting the same … no worries.Again, management seems particularly (even acutely aware) concerned that they lack potent left-handed bats in the lineup outside of LaRoche who is a solid .260+ hitter. Now Corey Brown goes down with an ankle. He more than Bernadina represents a very, very potent left-handed bat … if they decide to put Morgan on bench as a Willy Harris utility guy then what? I guess its why, in addition to Marerro, you see "older" lefties Matt Stairs, slugger Kevin Barker, and former top prospect Michael Aubrey in camp at the first base position. I do hope that Morse starts and isn't traded but if he is part of a deal to get the elusive top-of-the-rotation ace? Its extremely doubtful and you'd almost have to think Cardinals for that … still …

  16. A DC Wonk - Mar 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Re: designOne thing I don't like about this (or CSN for that matter) is the lack of color. In the "old" version, I liked the warm red bar up top, and the right hand column being blue. The new one doesn't have to be the same way . . . but almost all black and white seems quite uninteresting

  17. EastBayNatsFan - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    You asked for color…now it's…errr…pink!

  18. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Mark,I come here to read about the Nats and get information that I can't get anywhere else. I don't really care that much how it looks as long as I "get the goods" and you always provide. Thanks so much! Thanks for the piece on LaRoache, I was wondering if he showed up to FL. Let's hope this is not spin and he really will be ok.

  19. Souldrummer - Mar 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    @TcostantI'm not sure exactly why they don't have the pitchers hit, but I would imagine it's for the same reason that they don't have pitchers hit in the lower levels of the minors. Teams want to maximize at bats to evaluate their prospects. Monday's game was a case in point. No DH means no opportunity to evaluate Stairs and Harper. I don't need to see at bats from relievers like Balester, Storen, and others who are unlikely to bat in games.Basically it's an artificial situation where you want to pitch relievers early without having them bat and give the most position players a chance to bat.Be curious if anyone has anything else to add on this one.And no question is a stupid question IMHO.

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