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Chicago White Sox's Adam LaRoche follows through on a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Adam LaRoche announces sudden retirement from White Sox due to personal issue

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White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche announced his sudden retirement today, citing an undisclosed personal issue.

Colleen Kane of the Chicago Trubune reports that LaRoche’s teammates “asked him to sleep on it, but he’s confident in the decision” to call it a career after a dozen seasons in the majors.

LaRoche is under contract for $13 million this season as part of a two-year, $25 million deal signed as a free agent last winter. If he’s indeed retiring LaRoche would be forfeiting that money. He struggled in 2015, hitting .207 with 12 homers and a .634 OPS in 127 games, but there have been several stories this spring about LaRoche and the White Sox expressing optimism in his ability to bounce back offensively at age 36.

While never an All-Star pick, LaRoche was a consistently above-average first baseman who hit .260 with 255 homers and a .798 OPS in 1,605 games for the Braves, Nationals, Pirates, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, and White Sox. He had nine different 20-homer seasons, including two years with more than 30 homers, and posted an OPS better than the MLB average in all but two years.

Ned Yost: “I can handle all the feats of strength”

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Just a couple of standard dispatches from Royals camp, where The Legend Of Ned Yost grows more each day.

Hit by pitch breaks Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso’s hand

Colorado Rockies' Daniel Descalso, right, follows the flight of his RBI-triple with Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 10, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Colorado will begin the season without utility infielder Daniel Descalso, who suffered what the team is calling a small fracture on the top of his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday.

Descalso signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rockies last offseason after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Cardinals. He played a limited role for Colorado, receiving a total of 40 starts and 209 plate appearances while hitting .205 with five homers and a .607 OPS.

Once healthy Descalso figures to serve in basically the same capacity this season, backing up all the infield spots and starting once or twice per week.