MLB notebook: White Sox DH LaRoche intends to retire
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche informed the club on Tuesday that he intends to retire.
LaRoche, 36, told his teammates he is dealing with personal issues but he declined to expound on that with reporters.
The left-handed hitting LaRoche is entering the final year of a contact that would pay him $13 million.
LaRoche was a major disappointment last season after signing a two-year, $25 million contract. He batted just .207 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs.
LaRoche has 255 career homers and has belted 20 or more in nine different seasons. He hit a career-high 33 for the Washington Nationals in 2012.
—Shortstop Ruben Tejada was placed on waivers by the New York Mets.
ESPN and the New York Post reported Tejada was not on the team bus to Jupiter, Fla., for a game with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
Teams are not allowed to discuss waivers per MLB rules. Letting Tejada go two weeks before the start of the regular season would clear the Mets from paying five-sixths of his scheduled $3 million salary in 2016.
Tejada was healthy when he reported to spring training after suffering a fractured fibula in his right leg on a slide from Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
—Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was shut down for at least a week with what manager John Gibbons termed a “little oblique issue.”
Gibbons said the injury was minor at a pregame huddle before the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles. The 33-year-old has not played in a game this spring.
Encarnacion should be ready for the regular season April 3, Gibbons said, because he’s “one guy who probably doesn’t need as many at-bats. At least he’s shown that.”
—Colorado Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso will be sidelined for more than a month after breaking a bone in his left hand.
Descalso suffered the injury when hit by a pitch from Cleveland’s Tom Gorzelanny on Friday. X-rays were negative but intense swelling continued and prompted the club to have Descalso undergo an MRI exam on Monday.
The Rockies received the results back on Tuesday and announced that Descalso has an avulsion fracture – where a small chunk of the bone attached to a ligament or tendon – gets separated from the main part of the bone.
The injury will leave the Rockies shorthanded in the infield as starting shortstop Jose Reyes is on paid leave while waiting to face domestic-violence charges.