May 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT
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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