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Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will have season-ending surgery Thursday on a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
The scene fans had longed to see finally played out at Nationals Park on Tuesday afternoon. After missing 58 games, Ryan Zimmerman was standing at third base taking grounders several hours before the Washington Nationals played the St. Louis Cardinals.
When the Washington Nationals built their roster this offseason, they envisioned an infield that featured two talented stalwarts at the corners around their young middle infielders Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa.
The Washington Nationals have said all the right things. They've pledged that they're close to clicking, close to breaking out, close to being the type of offensive team that they can truly be when everyone gets hot at the same time.
The numbers are not pretty. Adam LaRoche knows that. He knows that his .202 batting average and .314 on-base percentage is not what the Washington Nationals expected when they signed him to be their first baseman this offseason.
Jordan Zimmermann did something in the second inning Friday night that no other pitcher in the major leagues had done this season and yet, in the Nationals much-needed 3-2 victory over the Marlins in 10 innings, he was still upstaged by one of his relievers.
The frustration that comes with offensive futility began to bubble out of the Washington Nationals in their 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night when cleanup hitter Adam LaRoche – usually mild-mannered and even-tempered – gave home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez a piece of his mind in the fourth inning.
More often than not this season, the Nationals have had to manufacture their runs. They haven't come easy and, when they've come at all, they've usually been the product of aggressive base running or sacrifices or timely base hits.
Four times Jayson Werth had come to the plate Friday night, and four times the Nationals right fielder was sent back to the dugout empty handed.