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The struggles of Adam LaRoche have been well documented this season, many wondering if age has caught up to him. But LaRoche recently said that his ADD medicine has caused him to lose a great deal of weight this season. This brings up the question, how has this affected LaRoche’s play on the field? First of all, his choice in bat size has changed as the season has progressed. Eventually, LaRoche realized his loss of weight had resulted in the inability to swing his heavy model of a bat. Because of this, LaRoche switched to teammate Jayson Werth’s bat which resulted in better hitting for a while. However, even this began to slow down eventually and LaRoche was left looking for more answers. LaRoche’s usual practice regimen has also been thrown off this season. Usually, he would take batting practice with his teammates before every game, but this year, that has not been an option. He has needed to try anything to avoid more weight loss, even if that means giving up additional practice time. One could argue that LaRoche’s lack of daily routine has resulted in struggles at the plate. Adam Laroche The weight loss stems from a loss of appetite. This could possibly, result in a lack of energy come game time. With a lack of a warm up and a lack of food prior to the game, LaRoche may not be physically or mentally ready once the game starts. Whether the struggles of LaRoche stem from his ADD medicine or not is not known, but I am sure LaRoche and doctors are going to work on this during the offseason and see if they can find a medicine that works well on controlling his ADD but provides less side effects. Actually, the Washington Nationals should hope this contributing to his struggles at the plate because it is much easier to fix than the fact that he is getting older. Somehow, the Nationals need LaRoche’s play to improve because he could have a big impact on this club come next season.

Bryce Harper forgets how many outs there are

Up above, video of Bryce Harper jogging off the field after catching a John Mayberry flyout for the 2nd out of the 8th inning last night. Oops. Everybody got a good laugh, but Randy Knorr probably would've pulled him off the field if he was in charge. Here's Davey on last night's ugly win, which kept the Nats 7.5 back of the Reds for the 2nd WC spot, via

Nationals rest Harper with ailing hip

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper sat out the Nationals' game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to rest his ailing hip. Harper will get an extra day's rest because the Nationals also are off Thursday before opening a series against Miami. Harper is batting .275 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 100 games. Manager Davey Johnson is taking extra precautions with his young...

Minor League Catcher Brian Jeroloman Gets Leveled in Home Plate Collision (Video)

Brian Jeroloman was on the receiving end Wednesday night of one of the most violent collisions of the 2013 baseball season. The catcher for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg, Jeroloman was blocking home plate during Game 1 of the Eastern League semifinals when he was absolutely cleaned out by Erie SeaWolves second baseman Brandon Douglas. Douglas’ shoulder connected...

Span misses game with tightness in his groin

Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span was a late scratch for Friday's game against the Miami Marlins with tightness in his groin. Span has a career-high 17-game hitting streak, which is the longest in the majors. He is hitting .406 with three doubles, two triples, one home run, and five RBIs during the streak to raise his season average to .278. He was replaced by...

Bryce Harper admits body has hurt since slamming into wall

Bryce Harper has been battling injuries for most of the season and even said he might need knee surgery in the coming months. He missed about five weeks with a knee injury, and he’s missed some time lately with a hip injury. Harper told CSN Washington in an interview that he traces a lot of […]

Nationals' Bryce Harper sidelined by ailing hip

The Washington Nationals held Bryce Harper out of last night's lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies as the outfielder continues to deal with an injured left hip. Nationals manager Davey Johnson made the decision to bench Harper after speaking with him prior to the game, but the skipper told Bill Ladson of that he's hopeful to have the slugger back in Friday...

Watch Jhonatan Solano's incredible diving tag to nail Chase Utley at the plate

Up above: video of Jhonatan Solano's incredible diving tag to nail Chase Utley at the plate during the 8th inning of last night's thrilling 3-2 Nationals win over the Phillies, one of two critical defensive plays on the night. Craig Stammen strikes out Darin Ruf for the second out of the inning, ball gets away from Solano, Utley tries to score the tying run from third, Solano...

Glove work helps Nats find a way in Philly, 3-2

Late Wednesday night inside the Washington Nationals clubhouse players glued to their eyes to the television screens which showed a ballgame in Cincinnati that mattered to them. Craig Stammen had approached Jordan Zimmermann and told him in reference to the blind scoop at first that contributed to the Nationals’ harebrained 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies “Nice play...

Nationals Farm-Hand Brian Jeroloman Gets Run Over By A Train At Home

Washington Nationals minor league catcher Brian Jeroloman now knows what it feels like to get hit by a train. Jeroloman was absolutely destroyed at home plate by Detroit Tigers farm-hand Brandon Douglas in a collision for the ages.  You have to credit Jeroloman for staying on the tracks but the play developed so fast,  not really sure what choice he had in the matter. The post...

Phillies Field Potential Future Team, Lose to Nationals

The starting line-up for the Phillies against the Washington Nationals last night, looked like something Phillies fans might be seeing in the near future; a starting lineup without Utley, Rollins and Howard. With  just over a month and a half, interim manager Ryne Sandberg opted to play many of the […]The post Phillies Field Potential Future Team, Lose to Nationals appeared first...

Double-A Catcher Gets Severly Trucked In Home Plate Collision

As a former catcher, I really feel bad for Double-A Harrisburg catcher Brian Jeroloman for what just happened to him on Wednesday night…

Zimmermans Prevail, Halladay Unorthodox As Philadelphia Phillies Lose To Washington Nationals

Roy Halladay is just impossible to figure out right now. He came off the disabled list nearly two weeks ago, pitched great, then got hit around in his last start this past weekend. Tonight’s start was somewhere in between, as Halladay allowed just one run to the Nationals over six innings, but Washington was able to get to the Phillies’ bullpen in the end and pull out a 3-2 victory...

Nationals-Marlins Preview

Jose Fernandez likely only has two more chances to further his case for NL Rookie of the Year. The Washington Nationals surely wish one of them didn't have to be against them. Arguably the majors' top pitcher over the past two months, Fernandez could get in the way of Washington's last-ditch run at a playoff spot Friday night while inching closer to his innings limit...

Roy Halladay, Phillies Take On Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

Tonight the Phillies look to rebound from last night's excruciating loss in which Phillies pitchers walked nine batters and gave up nine runs. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins return to the lineup after a night off and Cesar Hernandez will make another start in center field. If Hernandez's bat comes...
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