Since learning in March he had a tear in his left shoulder, Adam LaRoche held out hope he could make it through the season without needing surgery.
On Tuesday, the Nationals first baseman finally conceded what had looked inevitable for a while: He will have surgery Thursday and miss the rest of 2011.
Three weeks after going on the disabled list in a last-ditch attempt to rest the injury and return to action, LaRoche met with team officials and informed them the shoulder had not improved enough to continue.
"A couple weeks ago, when I started this rehab process, I thought there was a chance this would happen," he said following Tuesday night's 8-6 win over the Cardinals. "I didn't want to talk about it because it was something I was hoping would go in the other direction and it didn't. I'm comfortable we've done everything we could possibly do to find out if it needs surgery or not. I'm comfortable with it now."
Surgery will take place Thursday in Washington by team orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih, who has performed similar shoulder procedures on