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Adam LaRoche injured his back last night

Sep 2, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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Or possibly re-injured it. Point is that he left last night’s win against the Dodgers with back problems.

Matt Williams called it back stiffness. LaRoche missed a game with that last week, but Williams says it’s worse this time. Thankfully the Nats have  a big enough lead in the NL East where they can rest him as much as he needs and have him ready for October.

  1. someguyinva - Sep 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Heard last night on the MASN telecast that Soriano pays for a personal massage therapist to travel with the team; maybe LaRoche can make use of the service?

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    This could work out well – not for Adam’s back, obviously – in that Tyler Moore really has been hosed as far as getting any quality PT this season. When/if Zimmerman gets healthy, it would seem the 1B experiment for him shall begin again.

    • someguyinva - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      I’m not too sure I agree with the Tyler Moore getting hosed part. I like the guy, and from all accounts, everyone likes the guy. Unfortunately for him, the Nats keep finding players other than him to run out there, guys like Greg Dobbs, Scott Hairston, and Nate Schierholtz, and so at some point you gotta wonder what we fans are seeing in Tyler Moore that the Nats braintrust isn’t seeing, you know?

      We can wishcast him into the role of starting at either 1B of LF on a Nats team that has Zimmerman playing where Moore’s not, Harper in center, and Span and LaRoche no longer around, but that would mean no place for Souza to play, and that doesn’t seem like a likely outcome to me. I’m kind of thinking Moore’s MLB future, barring significant injuries, may be with another organization.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Agreed. Tyler happens to be in an organization with a surplus at his possible positions. I think the fact that he’s been starting at Syracuse, instead of sitting on the bench in Washington, means Rizzo thinks he has a future in the Majors.

        Rizzo has a puzzle to put together this off-season. Every GM does, but the Nats puzzle will be complicated by that surplus of guys who play 1B and/or corner OF. If Rizzo can get value for him, Moore might be better off going elsewhere. If so, I’ll wish him well. Right now, I’m not assuming anything–not even that LaRoche will be gone.

      • someguyinva - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        My guess right now would be that Span’s option gets picked up, they let LaRoche walk, move Zimmerman to 1B, and find someone to play 2B. Maybe they could work a deal with the Cubs, and get one of their 386 MLB-ready infielders in exchange for Moore and something else useful.

      • tcostant - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Tyler Moore needs to look good in Sept to have a major league future, in Washington or elsewhere. Next year he is out of options, so the Nats will either fit him in their plans (more likely if ALR ends up leaving as a free agent) or be December trade bait.

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