Nats' LaRoche out with shoulder injury
VIERA, Fla. (AP)
''We're just going to shut him down for two or three days,'' Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Friday. ''He's throwing tolerable, but he just can't cut the ball loose. So we're going to see if we can calm that down and we'll put him back in the lineup likely Monday.''
The results of the MRI on Wednesday are still pending, but LaRoche is hoping it is just a pinched nerve. He had problems with the shoulder at the beginning of spring training.
''I can throw a little more now,'' LaRoche said. ''I still can't let it go. That's something we'll try to clean up the next couple days.''
The 31-year-old signed with the Nationals as a free agent in January. He will make $15 million in the first two years with an option for a third year at $10 million that can be bought out at $1 million.
''He's fine to play with it, just in a relay throw he'd like to be able to take a relay throw,'' Riggleman said. ''Right now he's not comfortable to air it out.''
LaRoche is hitting .366 with 15 hits and 10 RBIs in 41 at-bats this spring.