With his sore shoulder feeling no better after a couple of weeks of rest, Adam LaRoche could opt for shoulder surgery after a meeting with Nationals officials Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
LaRoche will meet with GM Mike Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz before Tuesday’s game, according to Adam Kilgore.
Since his shoulder didn’t respond as hoped when he resumed throwing, the suspicion is that he’ll opt for a procedure to repair his torn labrum, which would likely end his season.
LaRoche hit just .172/.288/.258 with three homers and 15 RBI in 151 at-bats before going on the DL on May 22.
Fortunately for the Nationals, Michael Morse has stepped up in a big way since taking over at first base, collecting eight homers and 25 RBI in his last 21 games. The team could always move him back to left field if LaRoche attempted a comeback, but since LaRoche wouldn’t be 100 percent, it’s probably best for both parties if he just goes ahead and has the surgery.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.