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LaRoche confident about shoulder

Mar 29, 2011, 8:46 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Adam LaRoche homered and drew two walks in his return to the lineup.

VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche insists he’s not concerned about the state of his left shoulder, and if his performance today was any indication, the Nationals first baseman may be right about that.

Playing in his first exhibition game since receiving a cortisone shot to alleviate the slight labrum tear in his throwing shoulder, LaRoche homered, drew a pair of walks and looked comfortable in the field.

He’s still not ready to cut loose with throws, but he hopes he’ll be able to start doing that soon.

“It feels great,” he said. “That shot, so far, has done exactly what we want it to do. Whether it took some of the inflammation out or just oiled it up a little bit, either way it’s feeling noticeably better.”

For more from LaRoche, as well as items about Jordan Zimmermann and Drew Storen’s rough outings, Ivan Rodriguez’s appearance at first base and Sean Burnett’s interesting take on the influence of veterans in the Nats’ clubhouse, read my full story on

That’ll do it from here in Viera. I’m off to Orlando to catch my flight home. Talk to you guys tomorrow from NatsFest.

  1. natsfan1a - Mar 29, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    If memory serves, Ryan Zimmerman had the same issue some years ago and dealt with it via rehab (as opposed to surgery).Safe travels, Mark.

  2. N. Cognito - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    NAT$ BUCK$ arrived in the mail – 4 "tickets," each with $25 on them. Not accepted at Build-a-Bear.

  3. Anonymous - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Marerro looks almost ready. Morse can play the spot. Hopefully Brown rakes in Syracuse. They might even look better? So, La Roche's injury isn't as much a concern as it might have been last year with Dunn.Its still the pitching.

  4. Grant - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    If Zimmermann really was working too fast in the second inning and that was what caused the breakdown, umm, isn't that why we have a veteran catcher behind the dish? It's Pudge's responsibility to slow down a pitcher when he's working too quickly.

  5. dj in Fl. - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    natsfan1a -yes, rehab/therapy is always the first approach if it is not a complete tear. Even I went 18 months before surgery thanks to cortisone and making about half the torture sessions prescribed. Adam will not be able to hide from the staff so his therapy should work better, and he may be able skip surgery. Thanks for the ST coverage Mark, travel safe and lets have a season to remember.

  6. Feel Wood - Mar 29, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    "NAT$ BUCK$…Not accepted at Build-a-Bear."That's okay. As long as they're accepted at Build-a-Beer, that's all that matters.

  7. Bill DeBeer - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    That is *totally* my new "anonymous" name …The Artist Formerly Known As Sec3MySofa

  8. dj in Fl. - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Bill DeBeer-Don't know of anyone that would have a problem with that name, except that they didn't think of it first. Just so the artist dosen't change his tune.

  9. Dave - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Say, N. Cognito, did those things arrive in the same mail as the Red Carpet Rewards card(s)?All this stuff is coming incredibly late this year.

  10. N. Cognito - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    No. Simple envelope. I don't have my card yet.

  11. Anonymous - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    I have a situation. If anyone could give some advice, that would be great. Earlier in the month, while buying tickets for opening day, I got too excited and bought two tickets (me and my friend's) but in two different sections (one in LF and one in RF). What should I do?Another question I have is about OD weather. I just checked that it is supposed to rain pretty much all afternoon (about 60-70% chance). What happens if the game is postponed to another day or something? Will they reimburse us or give us tickets for another game?FS

  12. Rob Dibble's Ghost - Mar 30, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    @FS: It's probably the same policy as always regarding postponed games: you can either use your ticket at the makeup game (which would likely be Friday, weather permitting) or exchange them for tickets to a future game. As with most ticketed events, no refunds.I'm sure and your friend will probably be able to wind up sitting together somewhere, as there's likely to be empty seats scattered around the park. If you get desperate, I have two extra tickets together in the RF terrace (two separate people each bought me a pair of the holiday three-pack of tickets for Christmas!).

  13. Anonymous - Mar 30, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    I also emailed Nationals ticket and sales dept. They said the game is sold out and they might not be able to move us together. So I might have to buy those extra tickets you have. How much are they? Meanwhile I pray for rain so I can switch my tickets for Seattle game tickets in June.FS

  14. Anonymous - Mar 30, 2011 at 4:16 AM

    Sigh … I suspect April is going to be really brutal for our Nats …

  15. Rabbit - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Hey guys. I hope the weather improves for those of you going to the Nats opener. As for me, I will be watching this one on MASN at home. Why? Because opening day is my FIRST DAY OF RETIREMENT!!!!! Ah, this year I will be able to get to more games and enjoy them as CONTENDERS next season!! GO NATS!!

  16. Big Cat - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Hmmmmmmm…..I see Brad Lidge is gonna be shelved for a while. They say he will be back in a couple weeks. Yeah, maybe….maybe not. He's got a lot of miles on that right arm, and a LOT of sliders under his belt. Also, they said it is his rotator cuff. Not the words you want to hear if you're a pitcher. You add this to the mystery of Chase Utley's knee and I'd say the Phillies are in trouble already and the season hasn't even started yet. And as Lefty Driesell said once "The sun don't shine on the same dogs butt everyday" 162 games is a looooong haul. The Phils grow older every second

  17. Rabbit - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    To ANNON 9:35PM…Oh, come on man!!!! You can't figure that one out!!! Enjoy the game!

  18. natsfan1a - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Bill/sec 3, n-i-i-c-e. May we expect that you will eventually segue to a symbol as a nom de keyboard, to the dismay of copy editors everywhere, only to revert back to your original one?In other news: another fun ST memory. Our hotel happened to be one where some of the players from camp stayed. Every morning, there was a semi-expanded continental breakfast spread. I about fell off my chair laughing the first time one of the guys swooped in and grabbed a half dozen hard-boiled eggs from the counter on his way out the door. Seriously, I hope that they were given more substantial eats upon arrival at the park, as there wasn't a lot there to fuel active young guys, even without the baseball.One morning, the cutest little boy came downstairs in his PJs. He had a tousled mop of blond hair and wasn't quite awake yet. His ensemble was complemented by a pair of those tennies that light up when you move your feet around. He climbed up on a chair at a table with a couple of senior citizens, who I assumed were his grandparents. Come to find out they weren't, but evidently he was a good judge of character as they appeared to be a very nice couple. Anyhoo, turns out the kid's dad plays baseball, so now I gotta root for dad to make the team (the boy lit up like a firefly when he told what his dad did for a living). I won't mention dad's name as mom was a bit weirded out when I said I'd seen his name on the blogs, although I explained it was only as part of a mention of who was in camp. :-)Oh, and congrats to Rabbit.

  19. A DC Wonk - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Hey Rabbit — congrats! (I hope to be joining you in about five years)

  20. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    1a, I was considering "Raymond Luxury-Yacht" until I realized no one pronounces it correctly.

  21. Gnashnail - Mar 30, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I am sorry, but reality is screaming here with this shoulder. As I showed with before and after videos of CMW's delivery/mechanics as indicators of his non-plus status at the beginning of ST here on NI, you are stuck with a similar conclusion for LaRoche. I predicted on this blog that despite the drunken hoopla, CMW was out for months, not weeks–and I rest my case. In Adam's situation, a so-called small labrum tear–difficult to diagnose without a contrast MRI–does not simply go away, especially after a cortisone shot,which actually can mask enough pain that the patient easily stresses the tear and makes it worse, expanding the tear, completely pain free. And it gets worse, not better, though LaRoche's young age helps him. There is precious little blood service to the labrum (cartilage), so healing is relatively very slow. Hitting is probably not that impacted, because the dominant arm (his left) provides power to the bat swing from a non-overhead motion–control comes mostly from the non-preferred arm (his right), so avg and pwr should be OK at the plate. But throwing is another story. I speak from medical knowledge and from personal experience having had SLAP and rotator cuff tears that went massive with almost no athletic stress after diagnosis like AdLaRo, and ended up in surgery. Rotator cuff and labral tears often go together, sometimes one after the other. Do *not* assume that we are stable at *all* at 1B.





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