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.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.