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Nationals 1B LaRoche to have season-ending surgery

- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will have season-ending surgery Thursday on a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

LaRoche has been on the disabled list since May 22, hoping to recover without surgery and return to the team, but his shoulder had not improved. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said he and LaRoche met with team doctors Tuesday and decided to schedule the operation.

Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the Nationals medical director, will perform the procedure in Washington.

Douoguih said the full extent of the injury will not be known until the surgery. LaRoche's recovery could take anywhere from three to seven months, depending on the severity of the tear, Douoguih said.

"If all goes right, he'll be 100 percent by the beginning of spring training next year," Rizzo said.

LaRoche was hitting .172 with three homers and 15 RBIs in his first season with the Nationals.

He batted .261 with 25 homers and a career-best 100 RBIs last year for Arizona. Seeking some much-needed pop in the middle of the lineup, Washington signed LaRoche to a $16 million, two-year contract last offseason.

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