Same-game pain, but LaRoche out at least two months

Updated: March 8, 2008, 7:05 PM ET
Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Andy LaRoche had no idea getting hit by a baseball could do so much damage.

LaRoche tore a ligament in his right thumb trying to catch a pickoff play at third base during Friday's 6-4 loss to St. Louis. He will have surgery Monday in Los Angeles and miss eight to 10 weeks, taking him out of a two-man competition at third and making Nomar Garciaparra the probable opening-day starter despite his own injury.

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