A tough break
Actually, it’s not a break but a torn UCL that will require surgery for Andy LaRoche and keep him out for 8-10 weeks. What unfortunate timing for this to happen, given the great competition that he and Nomar had been having this spring for the third base job. Making matters worse, Nomar also took a pitch off his wrist/hand, but X-rays came back negative, which is always positive. We wish Andy a very speedy recovery and I’m sure we’ll see him in the bigs at some point this year.
However, one thing this does is remind us all how important depth is for a team. The fact that we had both of our third basemen get hurt within a span of a couple innings just shows the unpredictability of the game. One minute, everyone is weighing in on which guy should be the starter and the next minute, Angel Chavez is playing third base. Let’s hope Nomar bounces back quickly and that we don’t have any other injury issues to deal with this spring.
Here’s today’s lineup in Jupiter for the game that will be on KCAL, with you-know-who behind the mic.