Friday, December 15, 2017
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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.

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