Adam LaRoche to play through slightly torn shoulder labrum

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Adam LaRoche was initially expected to miss a few days with some shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam revealed that he has a slightly torn left labrum.

However, he plans to continue playing through the injury and is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup at first base, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

LaRoche, who joined the Nationals as a free agent on a two-year, $16 million deal, has apparently been dealing with the injury for most of spring training and played nearly every day for three straight weeks after taking some early time off.

At the very least the labrum tear will hurt his ability to make throws defensively and surgery looms as a possibility if the tear gets worse.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.