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LaRoche undergoes successful SLAP repair and other pregame notes

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Adam LaRoche underwent successful surgery to repair a SLAP tear in the labrum of his left shoulder Thursday morning.

LaRoche, who was operated on by Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih, is expected to be ready for “full participation” in spring training 2012.

When it was announced that LaRoche would undergo the season-ending surgery, the full rehab time was uncertain because Douoguih said he was unsure the extent of damage he would find when he opened up the shoulder. When LaRoche first complained of the pain in spring training, it was diagnosed as a small tear in the labrum.

That it needed to be SLAP (Superior Labral tear from Anterior to Posterior) repair indicated that it was a significantly large tear that he was playing through until May 23.

The exact rehab time is still unknown but spring training 2012 is eight months away.

– Rick Ankiel was not in the lineup for the second straight day after being pulled before his first at-bat Tuesday night with a left intercostal strain. Ankiel is still listed as day-to-day, though Nationals manager Jim Riggleman didn’t believe he’d strained it severely because he pulled himself from the game before coming to the plate.

“He did a smart thing getting out of the game as quick as he did so he couldn’t swing the bat,” Riggleman said. “That’s where he could have really irritated it so hopefully that precaution there will mean that he nips this thing before it became a problem.”

– The Nationals continued to bat the pitcher eighth and have Jayson Werth leadoff on Thursday for the sixth straight game. Incidentally, the Nationals have won all five of the games they’d done it in previously. 

Tony LaRussa is a fan of the lineup and it looks like a combination the Nationals could be using for some time here. 

Riggleman said Thursday that when the Nationals face a left-handed pitcher, Ian Desmond would go back to being the Nationals No. 2 hitter for the time being and against a right-hander, he’d hit ninth with Roger Bernadina moving to No. 2. 

 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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