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Adam LaRoche Injury Could Lead To Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

Adam LaRoche is back on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, and he could be there for a long time. The Nationals' first baseman told MLB.com's Bill Ladson that he now has both a large tear in his labrum and a small tear in his rotator cuff. He would ideally like to avoid surgery, but those are both serious injuries.

LaRoche said there is a deadline on when he will decide to quit rehabbing the shoulder and have surgery. He did not know the deadline date. LaRoche indicated that he did not want to miss the 2012 season because of the injury.    

LaRoche said he plans on resting the shoulder for 2-3 weeks without throwing or hitting a baseball and see what happens from there, but he used the word "miracle" when he was asked whether his shoulder would be good enough for him to play in the near future. He's been battling shoulder issues all season, hitting just .172 with three home runs and 15 RBI in the first year of a two-year contract.