Monday, July 16, 2018
Sports

DH LaRoche retires, surprising Chisox

GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox first baseman/DH Adam LaRoche said Tuesday that he plans to step away from baseball over a personal issue.

The 12-year veteran said he is confident in his decision, but his teammates asked him to reconsider during a nearly two-hour-long team meeting at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday morning.

LaRoche, 36, said out of respect for the Sox he will consider their requests before talking more on the subject.

"I'm confident I am stepping away from baseball," LaRoche said. "My teammates have asked me for an hour (to reconsider). I've tried to convince them I am convinced, but I will do them that, and give it a day or two, and then come back in and finish the story."

LaRoche had played in just two spring training games this year before being sidelined with back spasms. He homered in his first game and was 1-for-5.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura had said Sunday that LaRoche planned to return to the lineup Monday, but LaRoche didn't play in the game against the Royals. LaRoche walked into the Sox clubhouse about 9 a.m. Tuesday in street clothes, accompanied by his son Drake, who has a locker at the Sox's spring training and home facilities.

"I didn't come in (Monday) because I wanted to make sure it was the right move and not make an emotional decision, but I'm confident it is," LaRoche said.

LaRoche joined the Sox on a two-year, $25 million contract before the 2015 season, but his first season with the Sox was one of the most frustrating of his career. He hit .207 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 133 strikeouts.

LaRoche is a career .260 hitter with 255 home runs and 882 RBIs over his time with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Nationals and White Sox.

ASTROS: Catcher Max Stassi will miss six weeks after having surgery today to repair a broken left wrist.

GIANTS: Right-hander Johnny Cueto showed no initial signs of a concussion or serious injury a day after he was hit in the head by a line drive.

METS: Infielder Ruben Tejada was placed on waivers, likely ending his time with the team after a decade in the organization. Tejada was slated for a reduced role after the team signed former Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

ORIOLES: Catcher Matt Wieters said the pain that shot through his surgically repaired elbow while making a throw in Saturday's game scared him, but he is relieved that the MRI exam showed no serious damage. "Today's better than yesterday and yesterday was better than the day before, so that's the goal to just keep improving. We're on the right track," Wieters said.

ROCKIES: Veteran utility infielder Daniel Descalso will be out several weeks with a broken bone in his left, nonthrowing hand.

Comments
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Times wiresSYLVANIA, Ohio — Brittany Lincicome could have been forgiven for looking ahead. But that didn't appear to be a problem.The Seminole resident took Thidapa Suwannapura into a playoff, falling on the first hole Sunday in the LPGA Marath...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

There are times when Rays OF Carlos Gomez looks lackadaisical, but he made an urgent dash in from rightfield to near the mound when the benches first cleared and was ready for any action. Reminiscent of Jonny Gomes in '08.The loss is still what matte...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

MINNEAPOLIS — That the Brian Dozier walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning that beat the Rays 11-7 was only part of the drama probably tells you all you need to know about Sunday's 4½-hour plus roller coaster ride, which included two benche...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays didn't have quite enough fight in them Sunday.Brian Dozier hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Twins an 11-7 win in a back-and-forth and hot-tempered game that sent the Rays into the All-Star break at ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Gold medal rounds at the water polo UANA Junior Pan American Championships

Gold medal rounds at the water polo UANA Junior Pan American Championships

Teammates from the Canadian women's team surround head coach Davis Paradelo after defeating Brazil during women's gold medal round in the 2018 UANA Junior Pan American Championships at the Long Center in Clearwater on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Members o...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Monday, July 16

TODAYBaseballHome Run Derby8 p.m.ESPN; 620-AMLacrosse, World ChampionshipCanada vs. Iroquois Nationals2 p.m.ESPNUNBA summer leagueSemifinals8:30 p.m.ESPN2Semifinals10:30 p.m.ESPN2...
Updated: 7 hours ago
World Cup was a blast, even without United States

World Cup was a blast, even without United States

Another World Cup has ended. They turned out the lights in Moscow on Sunday. Favored France winning its first Cup in 20 years by outlasting the comeback kids from Croatia in a virtual scoring orgy, 4-2. That's like 56-52 in American football.I'm just...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

MINNEAPOLIS — The immediate reaction around the Rays to the extent of catcher Wilson Ramos' hamstring injury is disappointment, everyone knowing how much he was looking forward to playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Washington.But they are li...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Team featuring USF hoops alumni advances in national tourney

Team featuring USF hoops alumni advances in national tourney

For the second year in a row, a team consisting of several former USF men's basketball players is among the final 16 competing for a $2 million purse.Led in part by Bulls alumnus Dominique Jones' 24 points, sixth-seeded Team DRC topped No. 3 Memphis ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays Wilson Ramos is “going to miss some time”

Rays Wilson Ramos is “going to miss some time”

The Rays don't have an exact timetable yet for how long C Wilson Ramos will be sidelined, but it sounds like it could be weeks, or maybe even months, which could impact and possibly eliminate the opportunity to trade him."Not the best" news, manager ...
Published: 07/15/18