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.
The Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The two sides don’t appear to be working toward anything concrete at the moment, but Berardino adds that newly-signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been having conversations with the slugger to gauge his interest in a potential deal.
Morrison, 30, enjoyed a tremendous season with the Rays in 2017. He finished his two-year circuit with the team after slashing .246/.353/.516 with a career-best 38 home runs, .363 wOBA and 3.3 fWAR in 601 plate appearances. It was just the second time he’d managed to produce more than 20 home runs in a single season, and he finished the year tied for fifth-most dingers in the AL and eighth-most in the league.
The free agent slugger has been linked to a plethora of interested parties this offseason, including the Red Sox, Royals, Indians, Angels and Mets, but hasn’t drawn any substantial offers in an admittedly slow market. Should he reach an agreement with the Twins, Berardino notes that the club could use him to back up both Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano in a dual first base/DH role.