About a half hour ago MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson tweeted some rather unfortunate news about injured first-baseman Adam LaRoche. As you know, this spring LaRoche suffered a slight tear in his left labrum (his throwing arm/back hitting shoulder). Recently, he has reportedly thought that the injury is sapping all of his power at the plate; as shown by his dreadful .172/.288/.258 slashline.
The past few days has seen LaRoche seek out 2nd opinions, to figure out whether things have gotten worse. Long story short, they have.
Ladson reports, "According to #Nats 1B Adam LaRoche, he has a large tear in the labrum and some tearing in the rotator cuff." Continuing, "I'm not going to lie to you: After talking to #Nats 1B Adam LaRoche this evening, I'll be shocked if he came back this year."
According to Ladson, the plan in place has him taking 2 or 3 weeks, sans baseball activities, in an effort to rehab the shoulder. But once again, the Nats medical staff has mis-diagnosed and slow-played an injury to a key piece of the team.
My gut tells me that Morse will be getting the lion's share of playing time, with guest appearances by Stairs, Ankiel, and Pudge depending on Riggleman's mood. This is not the kind of news the scuffling Nats offense needs right now.