Nationals’ LaRoche headed to surgery?

Published: May 25, 2011

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Adam LaRocheWashington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is batting only .173 with three homers and 15 RBIs so far this season. Unfortunately, he may need to live with those numbers going down on his permanent record for 2011.

CBSSports.com has it that LaRoche is "probably headed to season-ending surgery on his left shoulder." LaRoche was told Tuesday that he has a large tear in his labrum and a small tear in his rotator cuff, the site reports.

"That’s not what I wanted to hear," LaRoche told MLB.com. "I wish it didn’t take me 43 games to figure out something was totally wrong."

CBS notes that LaRoche will first try to simply rest his shoulder for two or three weeks before deciding if he’ll go the surgery route or not.

"Hopefully a miracle happens so we can get it playable," he told MLB.com. "If not, I’m not going to milk it here and hope for the best. If this doesn’t work, I’m pretty sure I’ll make the decision to get it fixed."

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