Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been placed on the 15-Day DL says Nationals.com. The shoulder injury that has been plaguing the buck hunting first bagman since Spring Training finally caught up with him. It is said that multi-talented Michael Morse will be taking over first base duties in LaRoche’s absence. A corresponding move to fill the roster will be made sometime tonight before the second game against the Milwaukee Brewers– although I don’t think anyone will notice. Maybe. I don’t know.
When your batting average is .172 and the manager hides you in the clean-up spot every other game you don’t usually appear on people’s radar screens. LaRoche probably could have jumped on the DL, got better and made it back with anyone questioning anything.
He would have gotten away with it to if it wasn’t for you pesky blog readers and that infernal puppy.
UPDATED: Nats beat writer Bill Ladson has tweeted that Adam LaRoche has a torn labrum and rotator cuff that potentially might keep him out for the rest of the season. If true this is a huge blow to the organization on the field and off as there are now questions as to why LaRoche was allowed to play with this injury for so long. LaRoche himself seemed shocked at the news and said he wished it didn’t take 45 games to figure this out.
Questions need to be answered, but as with anything dealing with GM Mike Rizzo and the team, getting the truth will be hard. Oh, we’ll get answers. Things like, “Part of LaRoche’s rotator cuff was taken in the Rapture this weekend” which makes little sense. But it is an answer. EXPECT IT.