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.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.