The play was enough to remind LaRoche that he is playing with a slight tear in his labrum. “I’m not going to say that’s as strong as I could have thrown it,” LaRoche said. “It’s still there. It’s not yet 100 percent.”

Still, the play offered LaRoche encouragement. While he did not throw the ball with all his strength, he did not even think about the ailment in his shoulder. He also said there is “no question” his arm feels better now than at the end of the spring training, when he received a cortisone shot.

“The last couple times I went out to warm up, I’ve kind of forgotten about it,” LaRoche said. “That’s the key, not having to worry about feeling it. You don’t know in the back of your mind that it’s there.”

When LaRoche’s issue surfaced, Manager Jim Riggleman said it would not affect his playing stauts. Three games into the year, that remains the case.

>>> Tom Gorzelanny threw roughly 60 pitches in a simulated game Monday in Washington, putting him on schedule to make his first start of the season Saturday against the Mets in New York. Gorzelanny threw four simulated innings while Michael Morse, Matt Stairs and Jerry Hairston stood at the plate. (Morse hit two balls over the Nationals Park fence.)