Sunday, July 22, 2018
Sports

Chisox discussed boycott in support of LaRoche

White Sox players considered not playing in Wednesday's spring training game in support of former teammate Adam LaRoche, ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported.

LaRoche, 36, retired Tuesday after team president Ken Williams told the slugger that he had to limit the time his 14-year-old son, Drake, spent with the team.

Players met with Williams on Wednesday to discuss his stance and apparently were united in support of LaRoche. Ace left-hander Chris Sale was one of the most animated, according to Yahoo Sports, at one point telling Williams to stay away from the clubhouse.

According to ESPN, manager Robin Ventura intervened and persuaded the players to play the game against the Brewers.

When the reason for LaRoche's retirement became public Wednesday, Williams said that kids are still permitted in the clubhouse but shouldn't be there every day, saying no job would allow that.

"Sometimes you have to make decisions in this world that are unpopular," he said.

White Sox centerfielder Adam Eaton said he and the rest of the team emphatically supported LaRoche.

"We wanted Drake in the clubhouse and we were backing Adam in every aspect," Eaton said. "In that sense we're going to miss him. He chose family over allowing his son to be in the clubhouse, and we respect what he had to do. The man and the character that Adam LaRoche is, we're not surprised he chose his family."

Williams painted the players' opposition to his stance as a positive.

"The way that they banded together to try to protect this young man, and their teammate and everything, I told them, it's admirable," Williams said. "I love the bond that's been created."

ARROYO CONFIRMS INJURY: Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo said he has a "significantly torn" right rotator cuff, but he's not ready to call off his comeback attempt at 39 just yet. The former Hernando High standout has not pitched since June 14, 2014 because of Tommy John surgery.

MORNEAU SURGERY: Free agent first baseman Justin Morneau had December elbow surgery, meaning his return to baseball won't come until midseason at the earliest. Morneau, 34, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the surgery repaired a tendon in the elbow, and he won't be able to swing a bat until June.

UMP RETIRING: Umpire Tim Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons. Welke, 58, said he had one knee replacement surgery in January and would have another in June.

INDIANS: Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd, 38, agreed to a minor-league contract.

METS: Right-hander Matt Harvey will start the season opener April 3 in a World Series rematch against the world champion Royals. … Former Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, sidelined last week by a strained patella tendon in his left knee, has been riding an exercise bike and may be healthy enough to start on opening day.

REDS: Right-hander Alfredo Simon returned to the team on a one-year deal, giving it another option for its injury-depleted rotation.

TIGERS: Right-hander Angel Nesbitt, a candidate for a relief job, will miss 4-6 weeks with a third degree right ankle sprain.

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