Out since May 9 with a strained quadriceps, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A.
Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports that if all goes well LaRoche will then move to Double-A for another rehab game Friday. And then, presumably, he’d be ready to come off the disabled list.
LaRoche was off to a great start before the injury, hitting .319 with five homers and a .925 OPS in 32 games following a disappointing 2013 campaign. Washington has used Tyler Moore as the primary first baseman in LaRoche’s absence, but he’s hitting just .217 with a .682 OPS.
Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.
The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.
The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: