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Adam LaRoche to play through slightly torn shoulder labrum

Mar 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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Adam LaRoche was initially expected to miss a few days with some shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam revealed that he has a slightly torn left labrum.

However, he plans to continue playing through the injury and is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup at first base, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

LaRoche, who joined the Nationals as a free agent on a two-year, $16 million deal, has apparently been dealing with the injury for most of spring training and played nearly every day for three straight weeks after taking some early time off.

At the very least the labrum tear will hurt his ability to make throws defensively and surgery looms as a possibility if the tear gets worse.

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