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.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: