Nats’ LaRoche has major shoulder issues

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the DC area rehabbing his left shoulder. He is hoping that he can avoid surgery, but that may be hard to do.

Not only does he have a large tear in his labrum, LaRoche also has a small tear in his rotator cuff.

“That’s not what I wanted to hear,” LaRoche said via phone. “I wish it didn’t take me 43 games to figure out something was totally wrong.”

LaRoche said there is a deadline on when he will decide to quit rehabbing the shoulder and have surgery. He did not know the deadline date. LaRoche indicated that he did not want to miss the 2012 season because of the injury.

“I love playing and I want to be out there with the guys, but I’m not selfish enough to stick it out the whole year and potentially miss next year,” LaRoche said. “We are going to give [the rehab] a shot.

“Hopefully a miracle happens so we can get it playable. If not, I’m not going to milk it here and hope for the best. If this doesn’t work, I’m pretty sure I’ll make the decision to get it fixed.”

Right now, the game plan for LaRoche is to rehab the shoulder for two to three weeks without throwing a baseball or swinging a bat.

“[We are going to] really work on strengthening the rotator cuff and the smaller muscles in my shoulder in hopes that I can come back and have it right.”

During Spring Training, LaRoche was diagnosed with a torn labrum, and he’s began to feel this past week that the shoulder was hurting his swing. In 43 games, LaRoche was hitting .172 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.

While the shoulder didn’t hurt when he swung the bat, LaRoche felt it was weak, and the reason he could not generate much power.

The only time his shoulder was in pain was when he threw the baseball. LaRoche was told that he could play the entire season with the injury.

However, by last weekend, LaRoche wanted to get a second opinion on the shoulder and went to New York on Sunday night.

“I know my body well enough to know when I’m feeling good at the plate … and it was not there,” LaRoche said. “That’s the reason I went to New York. I wanted somebody to tell me, ‘Listen, your shoulder is fine. It should not be affecting your swing. Get back out there and play.’ Or ‘There are some Major issues.’ That’s all I wanted to confirm.”

It was confirmed that LaRoche has major issues in the shoulder.


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Rotator cuff? Come on, Adam. Give it up or you’ll have permanent damage. Get your operation and try to come back next year.

LaRoche needs the surgery or he will not have the chance to regain his arm strength. I have a similar injury and have seen those who had the surgery do well and those who don’t lose their arm strength. He will be out for a year at least regardless.

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Seriously? It takes 43 games to figure out he’s hurting the team and his future career by playing injured? I understand competitive drive but really…

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Two years in a row the Nats have signed free agents who turned up injured and required surgery, Jason Marquis and now Adam LaRoche.

How, by who, and to what extent are these prospects checked out physically prior to being signed.

Good luck Adam, get it fixed!

Good riddins LaRoche.Bat was worth 2 cents.His glove was Great,but Nats need hitters and clutch ones too.Give Morse the full time job and if he fails,replace him.

Riggleman is on the hot seat for sure.I give him time before the allstar break to turns things around.If he doesn’t, let him go.

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