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LaRoche out with oblique strain

May 4, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

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Adam LaRoche injured his oblique muscle diving for a ball at first base.

Given the injuries they've already sustained and the lack of production they've been getting from the rest of their lineup, the Nationals can ill-afford to lose Adam LaRoche for any length of time.

But it appears they'll be without their cleanup hitter and starting first baseman for at least several days after he suffered an injury to his right oblique muscle while diving for a ball during Wednesday night's game.

LaRoche finished out that game but reported to Nationals Park today feeling tightness on his right side. He attempted to take a couple of swings off a tee, but quickly shut himself down, not wanting the injury to become any more severe.

"I know these things can linger," he said. "I hope we caught it early enough where we can knock it out shortly and get back out there,Read more ยป

  1. IPLawguy - May 4, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Morse can hit, but he can't throw, right? Activate him now and let him play First Base….OK, bad idea. But playing Tracy at 1B over Moore made no sense to me.Sec314

  2. Grandstander - May 4, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    I like that ALR didn't call out Nady there, but I think anyone paying attention knew Nady missed/ignored the sign because there's just no other explanation.As for ALR, at this point, does anyone actually believe a word anyone says? I've already written him out of the lineup for 6 months and have Moore manning 1B.

  3. Drew - May 4, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    In minor league injury news, we have a Robbie Ray sighting. The lefty started for Potomac tonight. He got hammered, but not as bad as Mick. :)

  4. Gonat - May 4, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Torn ACL for Mariano Rivera which means the Nats won't face him Father's Day weekend. Next encounter is the 2013 World Series.

  5. John - May 4, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    It's a shame Marrero is among the injured – an opportunity missed. I hope Moore is given a chance to start some games at 1st.

  6. peric - May 4, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Chad Tracy is hitting .120. When does Tyler Moore get a shot?

  7. Unknown - May 4, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    This is really really bad. We need to enjoy first place because I don't know how we stay there without our #3, #4 & #5. Guess Bryce and Moore get a chance to step up — and Zimmerman comes back.Strasberg, meanwhile, must continue to play with perfection.

  8. peric - May 4, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let LaRoche be out only for 2-3 days like Davey said.Except for Harper (Chad Tracy batting .120) no one else is hitting other than LaRoche. So, I'd like to to see Tyler Moore start every game while LaRoche is recovering. Yes Davey loses a left-handed bat but Tracy is hitting far worse than Espinosa. Sure, he had a couple of clutch hits but he looks like Matt Stares …

  9. John - May 4, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    If LaRoche is out longer, maybe Rizzo should give Derrek Lee a call.

  10. jeeves - May 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Right Peric. Desi's not hitting. Without him, despite Harper's heroics the last two games, the Nats would have lost both games.

  11. FS=Faraz Shaikh - May 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    oh my god! what is up with these injuries?this is unbelievable.

  12. natsfan1a - May 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Hope it's not for long, as we need his bat and glove.

  13. ExposedinDC - May 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Did we not here 2-3 days with Zim last year, Morse, Storen, and Zim this year ?What exactly did this team do to anger the baseball gods ?

  14. Tcostant - May 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I want Moore at 1B too. If LaRoche is out…

  15. nats311 - May 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    If Moore isn't here to play LF, and he isn't here to play 1B (as was evident last night), then why is he here? Does he really get better sitting on the bench up here rather than getting 3-4 at bats every night in syracuse?The allegiance to Tracy, Nady, etc. is getting frustrating. Let the young kids play. I know the theory behind having those vets, but they haven't really done anything to support that hypothesis.

  16. JaneB - May 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I had the same question about Moore. And all the same thoughts about please let this heal fast.And a heavy heavy heart for Mariano, even though I am not a Yanks fan.

  17. SFNats - May 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    peric said…"Except for Harper (Chad Tracy batting .120) no one else is hitting other than LaRoche."Um…Desmond? Sheesh, even when the guy is playing well, he can't get any love.

  18. TimDz - May 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    They are going to rest him and not do an MRI, as they don't see it as that bad….I vaguely remember hearing something like this a few times before

  19. TimDz - May 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    SF…I agree completely about the Non Desi love…It seems that Desmond could hit for the cycle, drive in all the runs in a blowout game for the Nats and STILL get hammmered for making an error…

  20. Nats In Athens - May 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Another chance for our team of World Class "doctors" to shine… (well they are World Class somethings but this is a family site)

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