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Adam LaRoche and his .172 batting average to get second opinion on shoulder injury

May 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Adam LaRoche has been playing through a partially torn shoulder labrum since being diagnosed with the injury in the middle of spring training, but a .172 batting average and .546 OPS through 43 games has motivated the Nationals first baseman to seek a second opinion.

Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post reports that LaRoche will be examined by a specialist today after being scratched from the starting lineup yesterday, and manager Jim Riggleman indicated that the injury has worsened:

He’s not progressing at all. He’s getting treatment every day and he’s sore. He’s saying it doesn’t affect his hitting, but he feels like there are a lot of balls he should be crushing and he’s just not doing that. He’s been in slumps before, but this just has a different feel to it so we’re gonna get it checked out further.

When asked if season-ending surgery was a possibility, Riggleman replied: “That’ll depend on what the doctor says tomorrow and how does it feel tomorrow.” LaRoche signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Nationals as a free agent after the Diamondbacks declined their $7.5 million option on him.

  1. natstowngreg - May 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Unfortunate. LaRoche has been a significant contributor to both the Nats’ offensive woes and their defensive improvement. If healthy, the defense would still be there, and the offense would have come around eventually. Now, he may not get a chance.

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