Updates from Sunday, May 25
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post confirms Adam LaRoche has returned to the Nationals' lineup:
Span 8, Rendon 4, Werth 9, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Moore 7, Frandsen 4, Lobaton 2, Fister 1— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 25, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 24
Mark Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet provides an update on Adam LaRoche's status:
LaRoche says he'll play for #Nats. "Otherwise I wouldn't be here." Said he doesn't feel anything in his leg anymore after 2 weeks on DL.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) May 24, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 19
Adam LaRoche is slowly returning to full health following his trip to the disabled list (via Dan Kolko of MASN):
LaRoche is taking grounders today for the first time since landing on DL. Eligible to come off on Sunday. Could get rehab stint before then— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 19, 2014
The Washington Nationals can't catch a break this year. Adam LaRoche is the team's most recent addition to the disabled list after he suffered a quad strain. The team announced that the first baseman will be placed on the 15-day DL:
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said MRI results on Adam LaRoche's quad revealed a strain and he will be placed on the 15-day DL— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 11, 2014
The Nationals later made the roster move official:
LaRoche revealed that he's going to completely rest the quad for about a week and return after another week of rehab, per James Wagner of The Washington Post:
Adam LaRoche says he hopes he'll be back after 15 days. He's looking forward to resting quad completely for 5-6 days, then starting rehab.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 11, 2014
Heading into Saturday night, the 34-year-old was leading the Nationals with a .319 batting average. He was also tied for the team lead in home runs (five) and second in RBIs (21).
With a 19-17 record and 1.5 games back of the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves, Washington can ill afford to take LaRoche's bat out of the starting lineup. The Nats have had a hard enough time scoring runs as is, so their job won't get any easier without their leading hitter.
This also looked to be a bounce-back season for LaRoche, after he hit .237 last year. Spending an extended period of time off the field could lead to him cooling off offensively and regressing back to his 2013 self.