By Matt Snyder
Adam LaRoche has missed some time this spring with a shoulder injury, and it turns out the injury is a partially torn rotator cuff, MASN sports is reporting . Fortunately, it appears to be something he can play through. LaRoche is planning on playing first base Tuesday and then being ready for the start of the season. The tear is in his throwing arm, but fortunately he plays first base, the position where throwing is least necessary on a diamond. Adrian Gonzalez did just fine with his partially torn rotator cuff last season, for example.
LaRoche, 31, is slotted to bat fourth for the Nationals this season after Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman. Last season he played for the Diamondbacks, hitting .261 with 25 home runs, 100 RBI, 37 doubles and a .788 OPS.
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