GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox DH Adam LaRoche announced his plans to leave baseball after executive vice president Ken Williams asked him to limit the amount of time LaRoche's teenage son spends in the clubhouse, Williams said Wednesday.
LaRoche's son, Drake, 14, spent much of last year with the Sox and even had his own locker in the home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field. He was with the team much of this spring, including Tuesday, when LaRoche announced he planned to step away from baseball.
Williams said he made the decision because he felt he needed to draw the line somewhere, as players might have similar requests in the future. He said he would have still have made the decision even in light of the results.
"Even 50 percent (of the time) is probably too much, but there's a wide range between 0-50 percent, so I was a little surprised by the stance he took, which is unfortunate," Williams said. "But talk about a quality life decision, a family decision."
Williams said the decision wasn't because LaRoche's son was a distraction in the clubhouse.
"It's not because the young man was a distraction, and not because he wasn't well received and well-liked by players, management and everyone else," Williams said. "He's a quality young kid."
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INDIANS: Outfielder Michael Brantley is scheduled to play in a minor-league game today, his first since he injured his shoulder last fall.
NATIONALS: Right-hander Bronson Arroyo has an 80 percent tear in his labrum, likely ending his comeback. Arroyo, 39, a former Hernando High standout, hasn't pitched in the majors since June 2014.