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LaRoche Labrum Lamentably Lame
2006-06-17 20:35
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Third base prospect Andy LaRoche, 22, has a slight labrum tear in his throwing shoulder, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

The second paragraph below is meant to be soothing, but it's making me queasy:

LaRoche, playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, heard a pop and felt a sharp pain. He had an MRI and was examined on Saturday by Dr. Frank Jobe, who believes the injury was caused by the dive and not the throw.

Jobe prescribed 10 days of rest before deciding whether surgery would be necessary. Trainer Stan Johnston said that surgery was not necessarily a given, because many players function despite such tears.

"Function" is a pretty loose word choice, and that's what bothers me. "Function" does not mean "perform at maximum capability." Eric Gagne, at this point, is trying to get back to functioning.

Furthermore, surgery doesn't always solve the problem, as we witnessed with Shawn Green, whose doctors removed damaged cartilage and didn't repair his labrum at all. Green has remained in the game, but his power has never been the same. He's functioning.

Hopefully, LaRoche's condition isn't so serious, but this isn't exactly the same as stubbing your toe.

LaRoche was 4 for 12 with two homers and three walks in four games with Las Vegas. He had OPSed .902 in 62 games with Jacksonville this year before his promotion.

Update: Here's a two-year old article by Will Carroll for Slate on labrum injuries.

Update 2: Dodger Thoughts commenter Vishal points out that Troy Glaus has regained his power despite a previous labrum injury.

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Gurnick goes on to add these rehabilitation updates:

  • Cesar Izturis, due to rejoin the Dodgers on Tuesday, is being stubborn about not wanting to play third base. We should all probably be grateful, but I'm wondering where he gets the nerve when so many others have adapted.

  • Ricky Ledee will begin rehabbing sometime this month.

  • Jason Repko is ambulatory.

  • Jayson Werth remains in wrist hell.

  • Joel Guzman is day-to-day after getting hit by a pitch.

  • Comments
    2006-06-17 20:44:37
    1.   Suffering Bruin
    "He can play through it." We should retire that phrase and that right soon.

    As for Werth, I feel sorry for him. What that guy did to tick off the powers that be we'll never know but it had to be something because no one is that unlucky, right?

    2006-06-17 20:51:52
    2.   bhsportsguy
    Izzy's refusal to play 3rd does give life to Aybar because I don't think Grady wants to play Martinez or Saenz at that position every day.

    In fact, as I think about it, I don't know what they do unless they waive Seo or DFA Odalis.

    2006-06-17 20:52:36
    3.   Vishal
    on the other hand, didn't troy glaus have the same problem? his power seems to be fine.
    2006-06-17 20:58:37
    4.   bhsportsguy
    My question is why does Gurnick get a quote from the Dodger trainer who isn't in Salt Lake City. Let's just wait the 10 days and see what happens.
    2006-06-17 20:58:40
    5.   bhsportsguy
    My question is why does Gurnick get a quote from the Dodger trainer who isn't in Salt Lake City. Let's just wait the 10 days and see what happens.
    2006-06-17 21:01:54
    6.   Jon Weisman
    3 - True. After two seasons in which he missed a lot of games, Glaus has hit for power again.
    2006-06-17 21:10:48
    7.   bhsportsguy
    Maybe employees can't help but give vague optimistic quotes.
    2006-06-17 21:11:22
    8.   bhsportsguy
    Nice pitch
    2006-06-17 21:18:30
    9.   Sam DC
    Here's a fun comment from the Bronx Banter thread during the Nationals/Yankees game, right after Damon's slam put the Yankees up 9-2: "153 rilkefan My wife may be going into labor - glad this one is pretty safe."

    Hope he wasn't checking his mobile during labor.

    2006-06-17 22:10:12
    10.   Robert Daeley
    I was at the game Wednesday when LaRoche injured himself. It was a super play to stop a ball that was sizzled. I didn't realize there had been an injury due to the double switch the 51s did just after that -- in fact, didn't hear about it until I read the news online the next day.

    BTW, Izzy looked to be in great form defensively, as well as fine at the plate. Navarro, not so much, neither defensively (two failed pick-off attempts) nor offensively (0-4). Loney was good. Joel Guzman got roundly booed for not railroading the SkySox catcher on one play, just walking up to him and getting tagged out.

    The relief pitching? Don't ask.

    2006-06-18 06:46:26
    11.   Nolan
    I can't believe the Dodgers would consider putting Izzy at 3B - it boggles the mind. They would seriously send Aybar to the bench in favor of Izzy?!

    He can't hit enough to send anyone to the bench and he never, ever will.

    I agree that we do need to find a place for him in the IF in the short-run - but only to showcase him for a trade.

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