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LaRoche going on DL, no surgery yet

May 23, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

The Nationals have placed Adam LaRoche on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder tear, but the first baseman will not undergo surgery yet and hopes a couple weeks of rest will help alleviate the problem.

LaRoche, who was not in the lineup yesterday in Baltimore, flew to New York to have the shoulder re-examined. He will not rejoin the club in Milwaukee for the three-game series that begins tonight.

A corresponding move will be made tomorrow, with outfielder Rick Ankiel likely to come off the 15-day DL. Ankiel, out the last three weeks with a sprained right wrist, is set to begin a brief rehab assignment tonight with Class AA Harrisburg.

LaRoche found out in spring training he has a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, an injury that hampered his ability to throw but didn’t hinder his ability to swing.

But as he struggled his way through the worst start to any of his eight
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  1. Cwj - May 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Hope he gets healthy soon. Nats will miss his glove while he's gone, but hopefully he'll come back with his bat ready to go.

  2. Doc - May 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Here we go again with the goofy medical propaganda from the land of Rizzo.How is rest at this point going to do what rest previously didn't do??Better to have the operation, and get on with rehab and ready for a return to action–whenever that is!

  3. DCSportsHomer - May 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Disappointed. Hope rest does the trick. Will miss the awesome defense. I was hoping to see a minor league call up. Let's see what the younguns have. I will cheer on Morse in the meantime. C'mon Nats! Let's get the bats going!

  4. bgib - May 23, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Sounds like the preferred Flores/Marquis/Zimmerman treatment plan.

  5. Manassas Nats Fan - May 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    This operation could have been done 30 days ago, and almost mended by now. Why are the Nats so inefficient at detecting problems as a medical staff?

  6. Mark'd - May 23, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    I am with BGIB on this. Just add it to the long list of medical mishaps. So much wasted time with a number FOUR HITTER who couldn't hit.Rizzo, are you awake?

  7. masnstinks - May 23, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    I will miss seeing Adam play first base – so smoothe! But I will not miss seeing him swing and miss so much. Hope he gets well soon. I am sure that he is very frustrated.

  8. Unkyd - May 23, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Well, at least we don't have to move Stairs, yet….

  9. Drew8 - May 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    In his chat today, Boz indicated that the Nats have little faith in Marrero and believe he's no better than the assorted spare parts in Washington.If you don't bring up Marrero in an emergency, then why the heck is he taking up space on the 40-man roster?

  10. natsfan1a - May 23, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Will definitely miss his glove work at first. Hope the rest helps but…I don't have the best gut about medical diagnoses for our team at this point.

  11. Anonymous - May 23, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Marrero is going to play most if not all the season at Syracuse just as he should. You don't rush a prospect up to fill a need. If he progresses as much this year as last, he'll be a factor for them in the near future, all due respect to Boz.

  12. dj in Fl. - May 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Doc's do not rush into partial tears in the shoulder because they can heal. Maybe not with some of the moves he makes at first, but they always try the rest.

  13. P. Cole - May 24, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Don't forget about Brian Lawrence.

  14. Anonymous - May 24, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    I would say we shoulda kept Dunn but he's not hitting anything either.

  15. Manassas Nats Fan - May 24, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Don't rush into operations. He has been hurt since mid March. I believe this much slower than don't rush/

  16. Anonymous - May 24, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    What does "Boz" think they think of Matt Stairs? There couldn't be LESS of a spare, useless part than Matt Stairs!

  17. Anonymous - May 24, 2011 at 3:43 AM

    MORE of a spare, uselsss part, I meant.

  18. Anonymous - May 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    I had labrum surgery a couple of years back — it's a long recovery. I'm sure a professional athlete with all of the rehab resources he'd have would be faster recovering than an average working stiff (like me), but he'd still be out for the rest of the season. On the upside, surgically repaired it's almost as good as new.

  19. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - May 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    LaRouche: The Brian Lawrence of position players.

  20. Gnashnail - May 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    I *hate* being right about this, but let's go back to March 29/30, when I said on this blog:Gnashnail said… I am sorry, but reality is screaming here with this shoulder. As I showed (in an earlier post) 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. March 30, 2011 3:14 PM

  21. Anonymous - May 25, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Give it up, La Roche. You stink. Your "modern" one-handed swing aint working. A torn labrum isn't affecting your swing; it affects your throw. What's wrong is that you are a career .265 hitter on the down slide. Your pitch selection is lousy, your swing is putrid, and you have no power.No wonder no one but the Nats wanted you. You are a mediocre ball player.

  22. Anonymous - May 25, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    For Christ's sake bring up the prospects: Bring up Marrero, Bring up Harper.Don't even begin to tell me these two guys would do worse than what we've got. Dont even.

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