LaRoche has slight tear in rotator cuff

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche received an MRI on his left shoulder and the doctors found a slight tear in his rotator cuff.

LaRoche received a cortisone shot recently and is expected to play as a designated hitter against the Braves on Monday night. He will play first base against the Mets the next day.

“There is a little bit of fraying on the labrum and from what I’ve been told, that is nothing unusual,” LaRoche said on Sunday. “They don’t have to [operate] on it, obviously. It’s just some more rehab and strengthening the muscles. … I’ll take today off and play tomorrow.”

LaRoche has had shoulder problems ever since he arrived in camp. The pain grew worse and it forced him to miss the first few games of the exhibition season.

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