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LaRoche still hopes to play in ’11

May 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

Though he acknowledges he will need surgery to repair a significant tear of the labrum in his left shoulder, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche remains hopeful he can come back to play in the next month and avoid the procedure until after the season.

LaRoche, who went on the 15-day disabled list Monday after getting the shoulder examined in New York, was back at Nationals Park today and insisted he hasn't conceded that he's done playing in 2011.

"No, I'm holding out hope that [rest and rehab] works," he said. "Whether the doctors know something different, I couldn't tell you. Right now, I'm planning on that. And if it doesn't happen, we'll probably find out pretty quick."

LaRoche plans to refrain from any baseball activities for about two weeks, then work on strengthening the area around his shoulder in an attempt to return to play in about a month. If he continues to feel the injury is negatively affecting his swing after that, he'll have surgery to repair the tear.

"I'm just waiting, doing therapy every day on it right now with the hope that a couple of weeks of no hitting or throwing and just shoulderRead more »

  1. Will - May 28, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    It seems odd that the team doctors never even presented him with an option of surgery. It sounds like they hardly even consulted him at all, and management had the ultimate say in the matter, and that they still do. I don't see where LaRoche's point of view changed; he doesn't feel any pain and would have likely continued to do what he was (or wasn't) doing until someone said otherwise. It looks like Rizzo, or one of the trainers, had enough and decided he couldn't continue batting .172 and stay on the big league roster.Either way, though, there seems to have been a decided lack of medical insight in all this. It's beyond me why they would let a player with a "good sized tear" continue playing, which leads me to assume that the tear wasn't as bad in March as it is now. But it also makes little sense why they'd force a player to continue playing through an injury that could/did get worse.Players should not have the final say. We're paying doctors and physical therapists good money for their expert opinions. It makes little sense to allow players to keep on until it "hurts". It seems like that policy caused this problem to snowball into a much larger issue.

  2. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Another example of the Nationals training staff and their ineptitude.

  3. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Nope, more a case of sage, veteran, well respected baseball man Interim Jim Riggleman not doing his job. If anyone should have seen this (and he sees things when he wants to that's for damned sure) he or one of his coaches should have seen it before LaRoche. Again, ON Rig and his coaches. I sure as heck saw it from the beginning of ST? And it took a lot of courage for the guy to play through it … but …

  4. Doc - May 28, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    It seems that we should expect more from the Nats staff and FO when it comes to such injuries. Of course they will deny any alternate approach—they always do.Rizzo and Riggleman need to learn more about injuries, and the medical staff needs to learn more about what players do when they play baseball.

  5. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Hey La Roche: do us all a favor – stay away. You stink up the place, you have a terrible swing. You're a career 260 hitter for Cripes sake.Stay away. You only hurt this team.

  6. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    It's the weight lifting, stupid.Heavy weightlifting does not fit the baseball player — these players need to be loose of limb and muscle, not bound up in kinetic strength.A ball player can lift weights in the off-season, but should only work out his lower body during the season and use light weights for toning for the upperbody during the season.Why do you all think there are so many injuries these days: its the weightroom

  7. John R. - May 28, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    I always believed that the Nats should have simply installed Morse at 1B. The crop of free agent first basemen this past offseason was not worth the money.

  8. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Have to agree with both John R and the Anon before him.

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