The White Sox have filed LaRoche's retirement paperwork, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. LaRoche took a few days to think it over after walking out over a dispute with GM Kenny Williams regarding how much time his son spent in the clubhouse. The paperwork has now been officially filed, and LaRoche issued a statement thanking his former managers, coaches and friends in the game for the memories throughout the course of his 12-year major league career.
LaRoche has told the White Sox that he's stepping away from baseball with the intent of retiring, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Apparently, he will wait a few days before making the decision official, but LaRoche referred to the matter as a personal issue. Back soreness has slowed LaRoche this spring in the wake of a disappointing 2015 campaign with the White Sox, and he'll forgo the final year of the two-year, $25 million deal he signed in November of 2014 if he does in fact decide to call it a career in the coming days.
LaRoche (back) said his swing is about 80 percent on Friday, the Chicago Tribune's Colleen Kane reports. He ran the bases, took groundballs and hit Friday, but it sounds like his back spasms are still limiting him at the plate. It is unclear when he will be able to return to the lineup, but it sounds like he is still at least a couple days away from being ready to face in-game pitching. He will have to earn at-bats this year, now that the White Sox have an excess of outfielders.
LaRoche (back spasms) was supposed to return to the White Sox's lineup Wednesday, but he will be out for a few more days, the Chicago Tribune reports. LaRoche was told at the beginning of camp that he will have to "earn" his at-bats this spring, but it is tough for him to earn them when he's stuck on the shelf. LaRoche may lose playing time this season anyway, with a crowded outfield likely to bleed into the DH slot.
LaRoche (back) could lose playing time in the wake of the team's signing of Austin Jackson on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports. While Laroche does not play the outfield, Jackson's arrival will push one of the club's corner outfielders to the DH slot on a more regular basis. Jackson's starts figure to come most frequently against left-handed pitchers, and LaRoche might have sat against those starters anyway (he had a .383 OPS against left-handed pitchers in 2015).