May 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EST
Adam LaRoche got his second opinion Tuesday. And it’s not that he’s ugly, too.
LaRoche, who was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, rest his throwing shoulder for at least a couple of weeks, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Surgery was not recommended, but he was placed on the disabled list prior to Monday’s game.
Expectations are that the Nationals will activate Rick Ankiel in his place on Tuesday.
LaRoche has a .172 average that ranks second worst in the majors among qualified batters. Only Jonny Gomes, at .171, is worse. His .258 slugging percentage ranks dead last.
The Nationals don’t have any great options for replacing him at first base, but it’s not like their production from the position could get any worse. Michael Morse figures to pick up most of the starts, with Matt Stairs playing occasionally against right-handers.
Ankiel, who has been supplanted by Roger Bernadina in center field, can get some of the at-bats in left that had been going to Morse.
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- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 305
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 52
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (305)
- San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks (131)
- Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents (102)
- Ichiro is happy to be away from Joe Girardi (88)
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” (86)