LaRoche exits with a sore right hip
PHILADELPHIA — Adam LaRoche was forced to exit Saturday night’s game against the Phillies because of right hip discomfort that has progressively worsened over the course of the past few days.
After grounding out in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 9-1 victory, LaRoche told Braves manager Bobby Cox that he was able to swing the bat, but was having trouble running and moving in a lateral direction. The veteran first baseman isn’t sure what initiated this discomfort.
“I can’t pinpoint it,” LaRoche said. “It started like three or four days ago. Luckily I play a position where I can play through a lot of injuries. So I treated it and for three or four days and I was just going to suck it up. But today, it was just worse.”
When LaRoche doubled off Cliff Lee during the second inning, he felt what he described as something grinding around his hip. One inning later while having to lunge in an attempt to catch Derek Lowe’s throwing error, he felt increased discomfort.
“That was kind of the icing on it,” LaRoche said. “It was already hurting pretty bad.”
LaRoche, who has hit .375 with eight homers in the 25 games he’s played since the Braves acquired him from the Red Sox on July 31, is hopeful that he’ll be able to return for Sunday night’s series finale against the Phillies.
“I hope I wake up and this feels better tomorrow,” LaRoche said. “I don’t want to miss a game.”