Apr 16, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) warms up prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The fear is real.
The Washington Nationals have placed first baseman Adam LaRoche on the disabled list with a strained quad after undergoing an MRI on Saturday, tweets Dan Kolko of MASN Sports:
LaRoche has by and large been the team’s most consistent hitter. He owns a line of .319/.421/.504 with five homers and 21 RBI. He has also provided stellar defense in the field.
No corresponding move has been announced just yet, but it will likely be Tyler Moore—as Kolko alluded to.
Moore has the most experience at first base in the farm system, and he has hit two homers already for the parent club this season. He represents quite the drop off from LaRoche, but if his power comes around, he could help lessen the blow.
LaRoche now joins Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper on the disabled list. That makes three of the team’s eight Opening Day position players now shelved due to various different injuries. Assuming rest is all LaRoche needs, he should be back much quicker than the other two.
Stay tuned to District on Deck for updates in the coming days.