Adam LaRoche goes on DL, avoids surgery after second opinion

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Adam LaRoche got his second opinion Tuesday.  And it’s not that he’s ugly, too.

LaRoche, who was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum back in spring training, rest his throwing shoulder for at least a couple of weeks, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports.  Surgery was not recommended, but he was placed on the disabled list prior to Monday’s game.

Expectations are that the Nationals will activate Rick Ankiel in his place on Tuesday.

LaRoche has a .172 average that ranks second worst in the majors among qualified batters.  Only Jonny Gomes, at .171, is worse.   His .258 slugging percentage ranks dead last.

The Nationals don’t have any great options for replacing him at first base, but it’s not like their production from the position could get any worse.   Michael Morse figures to pick up most of the starts, with Matt Stairs playing occasionally against right-handers.

Ankiel, who has been supplanted by Roger Bernadina in center field, can get some of the at-bats in left that had been going to Morse.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.