Adam LaRoche at DH with 'soreness' in throwing shoulder
First baseman Adam LaRoche is slotted at designated hitter today because he's experiencing tenderness in his left shoulder. The Nationals believe the issue is not serious, and they held LaRoche off the field despite his desire to play, Manager Jim Riggleman said.
"Just spring training soreness in his throwing arm," Riggleman said. "It's nothing to be concerned about. He wants to play."
During spring, LaRoche has thrown only lightly during warm-ups. This morning, LaRoche walked into the clubhouse with ice wrapped around his left shoulder. LaRoche did not make the trip to Port St. Lucie yesterday for the Nationals' first spring game.
UPDATE, 12:05: Not surprisingly, LaRoche downplayed the seriousness of his injury -- "I don't even want to call it an injury," he said. LaRoche said this is the first time he's dealt with a sore arm.
If today was a regular season game rather spring training, "I wouldn't hesitate" to play, LaRoche said. "No question. I don't want it stupidly to turn into anything it didn't have to."
| March 1, 2011; 9:22 AM ET
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