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March 18, 2016 04:57 PM
Adam LaRoche: White Sox file retirement paperwork
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 15, 2016 02:31 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Leaning toward retirement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 11, 2016 01:45 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Swing not yet at 100 percent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 10, 2016 07:04 AM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Will miss a few more days
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 7, 2016 04:46 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Could see playing time cut after Jackson signing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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).

March 7, 2016 12:14 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Will be held out two more days
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

LaRoche will sit out two more days due to his sore back, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

While LaRoche will miss at least a total of three days due to the back injury that forced him from Saturday's exhibition game, the good news is he does not appear to be facing a lengthy absence. He is on track to rejoin Chicago's lineup Wednesday.

March 6, 2016 01:48 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Day-to-day with no nerve damage in back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

LaRoche (back) is day-to-day, but with no nerve damage, after leaving Saturday's game due to spasms, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

LaRoche's age meant that lingering back problems could have been a worry, but the White Sox are apparently comfortable enough to feel no need for an MRI. There's no telling when LaRoche begins playing spring games again, but he's enough of a veteran that the White Sox aren't going to rush him.

March 5, 2016 05:00 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Exits game with back spasms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

LaRoche left Saturday's game against the Roayls early due to back spasms, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

The veteran has been around enough that he likely doesn't need too much preparation in camp, but any lingering back issues could hurt as he tries to bounce back from an awful 2015 in which he hit .207/.293/.340 with 12 home runs.

February 26, 2016 05:33 PM
White Sox's Adam LaRoche: Pressure on after down year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Robin Ventura has said Laroche will have to "earn" his at-bats this season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ventura also acknowledged the Sox do not necessarily have anyone pushing LaRoche for at-bats.

LaRoche's first season with the White Sox was one of the worst of his career, as his average hovered near .200 for much of the year and he managed a meager 12 home runs despite the move to a power-friendly home park. Part of the decline could be the "DH effect" (that is, he was removed from the defensive part of the game for the first time), and part of the decline could be age. The size of LaRoche's contract should ensure him a fair amount of slack heading into 2016.

September 24, 2015 04:40 PM
White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche returns to lineup Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche (knee) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees, according to CSN's Dan Hayes. 

LaRoche has not started a game since Sept. 11 due to his ailing knee, but he will do just that Thursday. LaRoche will serve as the White Sox' designated hitter and hit fifth against Yankees starter Michael Pineda.

September 24, 2015 09:50 AM
White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche nearing return to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche, who has been dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee, hopes to return to the lineup during a four-game series against the Yankees, CSN Chicago reports. 

The lingering knee malady has kept LaRoche out of the lineup since Sept. 13, but he believes he originally suffered the injury two months ago. An MRI revealed the tendinitis, and he has since received an injection to alleviate the soreness.

September 16, 2015 05:50 PM
White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche not in Wednesday's lineup
by CBS Sports Staff |

White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the A's, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

LaRoche will sit for a third straight game, with all three absences coming against opposing right-handed pitchers. It seems manager Robin Ventura will continue to evaluate younger talent over the final weeks of the season rather than continue trotting LaRoche out there. The 35-year-old is batting .189/.241/.297 since the All-Star break.

September 7, 2015 12:50 PM
White Sox DH Adam LaRoche a late scratch Monday
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Adam LaRoche was a late scratch from Monday's game with knee soreness, per ESPNChicago.com. 

LaRoche will be replaced in the lineup by J.B. Shuck, who moves to right field, while Avisail Garcia becomes the DH. 

August 27, 2015 06:10 PM
White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche benched against lefty Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A matchup Thursday against Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias has White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche out of the lineup.

LaRoche has hit safely in five of his last six games, but has a mere 14 hits in 86 at-bats against southpaws this season. 

August 19, 2015 09:21 AM
White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche benched against lefty Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A matchup against Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney and continued struggles at the plate have White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche on the bench Monday night. Trayce Thompson is set to take his place in the batting order.

LaRoche has no multi-hit games in August and just one hit in his last 21 at-bats to send his average reeling to .208, its lowest point since May 2. He is batting a mere .167 (14-for-84) against southpaws this season.

August 1, 2015 01:40 AM
Adam LaRoche gets four hits for White Sox
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

White Sox DH Adam LaRoche went 4 for 5 in Friday's loss to the Yankees. 

LaRoche doubled and drove in a run and recorded his first multi-hit game since July 8. 

It was his first four-hit game since September 4, 2012.

LaRoche also took the mound to pitch a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. It was his first pitching appearance in the Majors and first overall since Double-A Greenville in 2003.

July 27, 2015 10:20 PM
Scuffling White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche benched for two games
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Struggling White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche is set to sit for the first two games of the series in Boston.

LaRoche is batting just .212 with nine homers and 34 RBI with a terrible .347 slugging percentage. He has gone homerless over the last 25 games. He has just six hits in his last 49 at-bats.

"Probably give him two just to work out some things," Robin Ventura told MLB.com. "I know you can get frustrated."

July 22, 2015 10:00 PM
White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche believes struggles are mental
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Struggling White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche can only watch so much tape of his approach at the plate and swing. He realizes that his problems are more between his ears than what he sees on replay.

LaRoche has been a dud in his first year in the Windy City. He is batting just .221 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in the middle of what should be a strong lineup. He is batting a mere .160 (8-for-50) with no taters and two RBI in July.

"You keep swinging and you keep working," he told MLB.com. "There's only so much video you can watch, only so many things you can go back and look at that you think might have been different in the past. The fact is you just have to get in the box and be confident, expect good things to happen."

LaRoche has been particularly weak in the clutch. He is just 23-for-140 this season with runners on base and owns a .310 slugging percentage in those situations.

July 15, 2015 07:41 AM
Scuffling White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche out of lineup at Wrigley
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A trek north to Wrigley Field has White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche out of the lineup Friday afternoon as Jose Abreu will man the position instead.

LaRoche has performed below expectations all year with a slash line of .226/.331/.380 and just nine home runs in 266 at-bats. He is also on a 4-for-29 slide since June 28.

July 10, 2015 09:45 AM
Adam LaRoche having disappointing first season with ChiSox
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

DH Adam LaRoche has been a "disappointment" since joining the White Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract in the offseason, one person with ties to the team told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

There seems to be some thought LaRoche is having trouble adjusting to a full-time DH role and could play in the field more as the season progresses. Other theories are he is still getting acclimated to a new league and is historically a slow starter.

LaRoche, who has spent most of his MLB career playing first base in the NL, is batting .226 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 79 games.

Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2000R-Danville562013862133745244641.308.381.507
2001A-Myrtle Bch1264714911831074730108108.251.305.361
2002AA-Greenville45173175090419193811.289.363.410
2002A-Myrtle Bch692503084170953273702.336.406.512
2003AAA-Richmond722643378210835275812.295.360.466
2003AA-Greenville6121942621211237345312.283.381.511
2004AAA-Richmond4111200121--00.182.250.455
2008A-Hickory3102610142100.600.6671.000