LaRoche Throwing Without Pain

The Dodgers received good news over the weekend as third baseman Andy LaRoche will not require surgery on his throwing shoulder. LaRoche injured his shoulder when he made a diving stop on a play and threw from his knees in a game last weekend.

The initial diagnosis was a slightly torn labrum, but the club put him on a throwing program after sitting him for 10 days.

"He threw Saturday and he threw today and feels OK," Dodgers scouting director Logan White said on Sunday.

"It's just now where he's throwing with no pain, though he hasn't really aired it out yet. So we'll see, but we're pleased with the way he's responded."

LaRoche has been hitting off a tee and took some live batting practice over the weekend while the team was in Tucson. Since being called up from Double-A Jacksonville, LaRoche batted .333 with a pair of homers in just four games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

LaRoche was a gem picked in the 39th round of the 2003 draft, although it took a $1 million bonus to sign him after he out-classed the Cape Cod Summer League in 2003. He's shown why as he was the winner of the Guy Wellman award as the organization's Rookie of the Year in 2004 when he ripped 23 home runs between Columbus and Vero Beach.

In 2005, he hit 30 home runs and knocked in 94 while playing for Vero Beach and Jacksonville. This gained him the Bill Schweppe award as the Player of the Year.

Son of former big league pitcher Dave and brother of Atlanta's Adam, he 's a never-satisfied player, working hard to improve his game. His arm at third is outstanding and he has more than enough quickness for the position, having played shortstop as an amateur.

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