(9/22/2010) MLB.com reports that Jason LaRue has announced his retirement from baseball. He suffered a concussion on Aug. 10 when Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto kicked him in the head in the midst of a scuffle between the two teams.
Cards' LaRue likely to retire
(9/19/2010) The Cardinals anticipate C Jason LaRue will retire after he sustained a concussion in a brawl last month with the Reds. Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday that he last spoke a few days ago with the 36-year-old LaRue, who was kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto in the Aug. 10 dustup. General manager John Mozeliak also said LaRue had not made a formal decision. La Russa said LaRue told him that he had been improving. "He was starting to feel better, but it didn't look like he was coming back," La Russa said. "I think he's being smart taking care of himself, and I think his family's happy about that."
LaRue sees marginal improvement
(9/4/2010) MLB.com reports that Jason LaRue, who is recovering from a concussion, has experienced some improvement recently. However, manager Tony La Russa said he does not expect to see LaRue at the ballpark any time soon, and that the improvement is still marginal.
LaRue done for the season
(8/19/2010) The Cardinals moved C Jason LaRue (concussion) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-acquired 3B Pedro Feliz. After speaking with our medical staff and consulting with other experts, we have come to the conclusion to put Jason LaRue on the 60-day disabled list, general manager John Mozeliak told FOXSports Midwest. We believe this is in the best interest for Jason and his future. We will continue to monitor his progress and seek the best medical expertise concerning his situation. Part of his required rehabilitation, at this point, is rest.
LaRue still feeling concussion
(8/17/2010) St. Louis skipper Tony La Russa told MLB.com on Tuesday that catcher Jason LaRue (concussion) is still feeling symptoms. LaRue, who was kicked in the head by Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto, remains at home, away from the ballpark. "I talked to him yesterday, he is still getting a lot of symptoms that are concerning," La Russa said.
LaRue placed on 15-day DL
(8/13/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a concussion. LaRue suffered a mild concussion after being kicked in the head by Reds SP Johnny Cueto in Tuesday's brawl between the two teams. The move was made retroactive to Aug. 4. OF Nick Stavinoha was recalled to take his place on the roster.
LaRue remains out of Cardinals lineup
(8/13/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue (concussion, ribs) remained out of the lineup posted for Friday's game against the Cubs. LaRue suffered a mild concussion after being kicked in the head by Reds SP Johnny Cueto in Tuesday's brawl between the two teams.
LaRue remains out Wednesday
(8/11/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue, who suffered a mild concussion after being kicked in the head by Reds SP Johnny Cueto in Tuesday's brawl between the two teams, did not feature Wednesday in a win over Cincinnati. "They're testing him for a concussion, and they're going to X-ray his ribs tomorrow," manager Tony La Russa told MLB.com. "He's got a lot of soreness from where he was kicked in his ribs, plus all the cuts. They felt last night he had a concussion, so we'll be real careful with him."
LaRue gets kicked in the head
(8/11/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue suffered a slight concussion on Tuesday during the altercation between St. Louis and the Reds in Cincinnati. He is considered day to day after getting kicked in the head.
LaRue comes off bench to impress
(7/3/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue went 3 for 3 with a homer and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Brewers. LaRue came in the game in the top of the fifth to replace the slumping Yadier Molina.
LaRue seeing limited time
(6/21/2010)The Sports Xchange reports Cardinals backup C Jason LaRue made only his ninth start Sunday. LaRue, who hasn't caught RHPs Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright and LHP Jaime Garcia, the aces of the staff, has handled just two wins out of the nine starts. He has just one hit in 10 at-bats in June.
LaRue gets start vs. Dodgers
(6/7/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue was in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers. LaRue got the start behind the plate over Yadier Molina, who had caught the previous four games in a row before receiving the night off. LaRue is batting .192 this season with three RBI.
LaRue back in Cardinals lineup
(5/27/2010) Cardinals C Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup posted for Thursday's game against the Padres. He was replaced by backup Jason LaRue.
LaRue fills in for Molina
(5/22/2010) Cardinals C Yadier Molina was not in the lineup posted for Saturday's afternoon game against the Angels. He was replaced by backup Jason LaRue.
LaRue takes over for Molina Sunday
(5/16/2010) The Cardinals chose to start Jason LaRue at catcher on Sunday against the Reds. Yadier Molina was given Sunday off.
LaRue gives Molina afternoon off
(5/6/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue filled in for starter Yadier Molina as St. Louis closed out their series in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.
Cards activate LaRue from DL
(4/27/2010) Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue has been activated from the 15-day DL after recovering from a right hamstring injury. Rookie catcher Bryan D. Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to make room for LaRue, who was injured running the bases. Anderson's pinch-hit double was the tying hit Monday night in a 4-3 victory over the Braves.
Cards' LaRue due back when eligible
(4/20/2010) Manager Tony La Russa expects Jason LaRue (hamstring) to return from the DL early next week. He is eligible to return April 27 vs. Atlanta.
LaRue ends up on DL after all
(4/14/2010) The Cardinals have placed C Jason LaRue on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. C Bryan D. Anderson has been called up to take his place.
LaRue should avoid DL
(4/14/2010) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals aren't likely to call anyone up to replace C Jason LaRue (hamstring). Nick Stavinoha will continue to serve as the emergency catcher behind Yadier Molina while LaRue heals up.
LaRue out with hamstring strain
(4/12/2010) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals C Jason LaRue strained his hamstring Sunday and is out for for Mondays home opener at Busch Stadium. "Hes sore," manager Tony La Russa said. "We wont have a real good read on it until Wednesday. Theres tenderness there."
LaRue given opening day nod
(4/4/2010) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on Sunday that the Cardinals will start Jason LaRue behind the plate on opening day in Cincinnati. Yadier Molina needs a little more time but will likely be back within the opening week at some time.
Cardinals catchers status up in air
(4/4/2010) The St. Louis catching situation for opening day is up in the air, reports MLB.com. Manager Tony La Russa told reporters on Sunday that Molina is feeling better and might even be in the opening day starting lineup. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Sunday that backup catcher Jason LaRue would get the start and Molina would miss the game. Clearly, nothing is set in stone here.
LaRue perfect in return
(4/3/2010)Jason LaRue started at catcher for the Cardinals on Saturday against the Twins. He was a late addition to the lineup after being cleared following batting practice. He has been bothered by a bruised left hand, but went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
LaRue missing time with bone bruise
(4/1/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue does not have a broken bone in his left hand but he does have a deep bone bruise suffered in a collision at home plate with the Mets' Jason Bay on Tuesday. The Cardinals have no clue when he'll be able to play again.
(3/31/2010) A CT scan showed no broken bones on Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue's left hand and his status was day to day on Wednesday after hurting his hand Tuesday. Starter Yadier Molina (right side) also is out, so rookie Matt Pagnozzi could be the opening-day starter.
LaRue leaves game with injured hand
(3/30/2010) Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue jammed his hand while trying to stop Jason Bay from scoring after third baseman David Freese's fielding error in the fifth inning Tuesday at the Mets and had to be replaced. He was sent in for X-rays but results are pending.
LaRue homers, drives in 3 runs
(3/22/2010) Cardinals C Jason LaRue had a nice afternoon against the Boston Red Sox on Monday in exhibition action. LaRue, expected to back up Yadier Molina this season, went 2 for 4 with three RBI as he hit his first home run of the spring. The homer came in the eighth inning off Ramon A. Ramirez and was a solo shot. He also doubled in the game to lift his batting average to .190 on the spring.
Cards sign LaRue, Gotay to deals
(11/30/2009) The Cardinals signed free agent catcher Jason LaRue to be a backup and gave second baseman Ruben Gotay a minor league contract Monday.
(6/24/2009) Cardinals C Jason LaRue was just one of three players to record a hit during Wednesday's 11-0 loss to the Mets. He singled in four at-bats and struck out once. LaRue is 4 for 13 (.308) in his last six games.
LaRue starts, hits first homer
(5/7/2009) Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Thursday. It was his first home run of the season. He started a day game after a night game to give starter Yadier Molina a rest.
LaRue has three-hit game
(4/23/2009) Cardinals C Jason LaRue had a three-hit game on Thursday against the Mets in a starting opportunity as he gave Yadier Molina the day off. All three of his hits were singles, raising his batting average to .625.
LaRue pops homer Tuesday
(3/31/2009) Cardinals C Jason LaRue went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the spring on Tuesday against the Orioles. LaRue took Hayden Penn deep in the fourth inning with nobody on. LaRue is hitting .225 on the spring.
LaRue gets some at-bats this spring
(3/19/2009)Jason LaRue, the backup catcher, was getting a steady dose of work with Yadier Molina gone to the World Baseball Classic with the Puerto Rican team. Molina is on his way back now.
LaRue re-signs with Cardinals
(10/31/2008) Catcher Jason LaRue and the Cardinals agreed Friday to a $950,000, one-year contract. The 34-year-old was eligible to become a free agent after serving as primary backup for Yadier Molina last season, his first with the Cardinals. "Jason was a great fit for our ballclub," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "His contributions carried not only onto the field, but also in the clubhouse and away from the ballpark, where he provided a good veteran leadership." In addition to his base salary, LaRue would make a $50,000 bonus if he has 60 starts.
(8/21/2008) Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue hit his fourth homer on Wednesday against the Pirates. LaRue went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. He added a double.
LaRue could be teamed with Thompson
(8/16/2008)The Sports Xchange notes, Cardinals backup C Jason LaRue caught RHP Brad Thompson Friday, in part because he had handled Thompson's first three starts this season.
LaRue hits go-ahead double Wednesday
(8/13/2008) Cardinals C Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning leading St. Louis over the Florida Marlins 6-4 Wednesday. LaRue went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
C LaRue abuses his former team
(6/30/2008)Jason LaRue drove in four runs with a home run and a triple Sunday in St. Louis' 9-6 win over his former team, the Royals.
LaRue pops first 2008 homer
(6/11/2008)Rick Ankiel and Jason LaRue homered off wild Johnny Cueto, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. St. Louis had three walks and a pair of homers in the first inning. Ankiel hit a three-run homer, his second in two games since returning from a knee infection. LaRue added a two-run shot, his first homer since July 31. LaRue finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and one walk.
LaRue plays two positions Tuesday
(4/22/2008) Cardinals C Jason LaRue started Tuesday's game behind the plate, but would later move to first base in the ninth inning when a depleted bench forced Albert Pujols to second and Yadier Molina off the bench to catch. It didn't matter when LaRue played because he didn't produce at the dish. He was hitless in six at-bats, but walked once and later scored. He has one hit in 21 at-bats this season.
LaRue tabbed as Cards backup catcher
(2/26/2008)The Sports Xchange reports Cardinals C Jason LaRue has been appointed the backup catcher behind Yadier Molina. "It's not a competition. It's Jason," manager Tony La Russa said.
(8/10/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: C Jason LaRue has been behind the plate for all four Royals shutouts this season.
LaRue not cutting the mustard
(7/30/2007) C Jason LaRue went 0-for-2 with two walks in Sunday's game against the Rangers and is hitless in his past 22 at-bats. LaRue, however, has been behind the plate for all three Kansas City shutouts, including two on his homestand.
LaRue extends hitless streak
(7/22/2007) Jason LaRue went 0-for-4 and extended his hitless streak to 12 at-bats Sunday at Detroit.
LaRue homers Tuesday
(7/4/2007)The Sports XChange notes: C Jason LaRue and DH Billy Butler hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning against Seattle Tuesday. The last time the Royals hit consecutive home runs was OF Emil Brown and C Paul Phillips on Sept. 29, 2006, at Detroit.
LaRue to still see time catching
(6/30/2007) Even though John Buck leads the Royals with 14 home runs, he and Jason LaRue will continue to alternate at catcher, manager Buddy Bell said. LaRue has been catching two for every three times Buck plays. LaRue went into Saturday night's game hitting .174 to Buck's .249, and with only two home runs.
LaRue finally has multi-hit game
(6/9/2007) Jason LaRue had his first multi-hit game of the season with two singles and a double Friday night vs. Philadelphia, raising his average from .129 to .167.
LaRue might join Cardinals?
(6/4/2007) C Jason LaRue, who homered on Sunday for the only Royals' run, could be moved to the Cardinals. With St. Louis C Yadier Molina out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist, the Cardinals have initiated trade talks concerning LaRue with the Royals.
Jason LaRue pops second homer
(6/3/2007) Royals C Jason LaRue hit his second homer of the season Sunday vs. Tampa Bay off starter J.P. Howell.
LaRue doubles Monday
(5/29/2007) C Jason LaRue doubled in third against Baltimore Monday for his first hit since coming off the disabled list on Saturday. His previous hit was a home run on May 5 against Detroit.
More at-bats for Jason LaRue
(5/28/2007) Manager Buddy Bell told MLB.com that he will start having John Buck catch Gil Meche, Jorge De La Rosa and Odalis Perez and Jason LaRue will be the receiver when Brian Bannister and Scott Elarton pitch.
Royals bring LaRue off DL
(5/26/2007) The Royals recalled catcher Jason LaRue from his injury assignment on Saturday and designated catcher Paul Phillips for assignment. LaRue was in the lineup for Saturday night's game against Seattle.
Royals expect LaRue back Sunday
(5/25/2007) Royals C Jason LaRue might come off the DL during the weekend series (May 25-27) against the Mariners. He's been out since May 3 with a left clavicle contusion. "It will probably be Sunday when we activate him," manager Buddy Bell said.
LaRue 0-for-5 in rehab game
(5/25/2007) C Jason LaRue, who is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha, went 0-for-5 in a doubleheader Thursday against Oklahoma. He had a sacrifice fly and was hit by a pitch. LaRue is on the disabled list with a bruised left clavicle.
C LaRue begins rehab start
(5/23/2007) Jason LaRue, on the 15-day disabled list since May 11 with a bruised left collarbone, was 0-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts in his first rehab start with Triple-A Omaha.
LaRue starts Triple-A rehab stint
(5/22/2007) The Royals sent Jason LaRue on a Triple-A rehab assignment Tuesday. LaRue (left shoulder contusion) went on the 15-day DL on May 11.
LaRue might be ready in 10 days
(5/12/2007) C Jason LaRue was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder contusion, which he suffered in the third inning on Thursday against the Athletics. "It might be a little hairline fracture or something like that," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "It's still not good. He probably could be ready to play in 10 days."
LaRue lands on 15-day DL
(5/11/2007) The Kansas City Royals placed catcher Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left shoulder contusion and recalled Paul Phillips from Triple-A Omaha.
LaRue injured on Thursday
(5/10/2007) The Kansas City Royals might be making another roster move on Friday. The club was waiting for the MRI exam results on catcher Jason LaRue, who was hit in the left shoulder by a pitch from reliever Todd Wellemeyer in the third inning. "It doesn't look very good," Royals manager Buddy Bell.
Royals to stick with C platoon
(4/20/2007) Although John Buck is hitting a team-best .440 in 25 at-bats and Jason LaRue is hitting .154 in 26, Royals manager Buddy Bell said the two will continue to alternate at catcher. "I know John's been swinging the bat great. Jason and John have both been handling the pitching staff very well," Bell said. "I kind of like the way it is. It's getting tougher, to be honest."
LaRue plays third base
(4/17/2007) Kansas City made an unusual defensive switch in the third inning of Monday's game against the Tigers -- bringing Jason LaRue in to play third, moving Alex Gordon to shortstop and Tony Peña Jr. to second. LaRue hadn't played third since 2001, and Gordon and Peña were making their major league debuts at those new positions. "I played a little first at Nebraska, but never shortstop," Gordon said. "I think the last time I played shortstop was my freshman year in high school." The moves came after 2B Esteban German left with a sore shoulder. He is day to day.
LaRue gets a start Tuesday
(4/11/2007) Jason LaRue started at catcher in place of John Buck on Tuesday night at Toronto. He was 1-for-4 with a double (2) and a run scored.
LaRue to start on Wednesday
(3/31/2007) The Kansas City Star reports that John Buck will start Monday against Boston according to manager Buddy Bell. Jason LaRue will catch the second game on Wednesday. "There was no real separation between the two in spring training," Bell said. "So I just told them that we're going to work this thing out. We'll do it, probably, by offensive matchups at first because I think both are equally good defensively."
Buck, LaRue might just share time
(3/19/2007) John Buck and Jason LaRue are "neck and neck," in the catcher battle, manager Buddy Bell told the Kansas City Star. "I like both of them, and they've both played well," he told the paper. "I had hoped to pick a clear No. 1 guy, but it's going to be hard to do that." Buck and LaRue will each start one of the season's first two games.
LaRue homers twice amid C battle
(3/7/2007) Jason LaRue homered twice for the Royals on Tuesday, the first two of the Cactus League season for LaRue, who hit .194 with eight home runs for the Reds in 2006. No. 1 catcher John Buck, who batted .245 with 11 homers in 114 starts for the Royals last season, also has a home run this spring. "It's going to be interesting," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "Both of them are major-league catchers. I just hope in the end it really becomes a tough decision for us. Right now both of them are stepping up, and that's what they need to do."
Buck, LaRue battle it out
(3/2/2007) John Buck started Thursday's spring training game against the Angels, but the Royals brought in Jason LaRue to battle the former for the starting catcher's job.
(11/25/2006) Cincinnati traded catcher Jason LaRue to Kansas City for a player to be named, agreeing to pay part of his $5.45 million salary next season. LaRue was the No. 1 catcher heading into spring training, where he tore cartilage in his knee and had surgery. He moved behind David Ross and Javier Valentin at the spot, and never regained a full-time job. Ross started 73 games last season and hit .255 with 21 homers. LaRue hit only .194 with 57 starts. Valentin started 32 games behind the plate and was the team's top pinch hitter.
LaRue extend hitting streak
(9/20/2006) Jason LaRue extended his season-high hitting streak to six games with a single in the fifth. That was his only hit in three at-bats.
LaRue still slumping
(8/28/2006) While C David Ross will get most of the playing time, manager Jerry Narron said veteran C Jason LaRue is still in the mix. LaRue is an 0-for-25 slump. "We need all 25 guys," Narron said. "We just can't rely on a few of them. LaRue has caught (RHP Aaron) Harang all year and has done a good job. We need him to help us out. Believe me, no one wants him to get a hit more than I do."
LaRue remains in slump
(8/18/2006) Jason LaRue is in an 0-for-23 slump since singling off the Brewers' Dave Bush on July 22. But he's caught four of the team's six complete games.
Jason LaRue mired in a slump
(8/15/2006) LaRue was hitless in two at-bats in Tuesday's game at St. Louis before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
LaRue's C at-bats hinge on Ross?
(7/26/2006) The Reds activated C David Ross from the 15-day DL and designated RHP Joe Mays for assignment. Jason LaRue and Ross will likely compete for the primary catching at-bats, with Javier Valentin getting the table scraps.
LaRue tries to regain starting job
(7/23/2006) C Jason LaRue started for the 10th time Saturday in the past 11 games. David Ross' abdominal injury has given him a chance to regain his job as the everyday catcher. Javier Valentin figures to remain a reserve on the depth chart.
Reds C LaRue hits clutch double
(7/20/2006) Jason LaRue's two-run double in the eighth inning sparked the Reds to a 7-4 victory Wednesday night. LaRue's after-midnight double into the left-field corner broke the tie with two outs, and Javier Valentin followed with a pinch-hit, run-scoring single.
LaRue to get more starts now
(7/16/2006) The Reds placed catcher David Ross on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with a strained lower abdomen. Jason LaRue and Javier Valentin will share the catching duties in his absence.
LaRue starts, goes 1-for-4
(7/6/2006) Reds C Javier Valentin normally catches RHP Elizardo Ramirez, but C Jason LaRue was in Wednesday's lineup in Miller Park because he has a .301 career average in Milwaukee and his eight homers and 24 RBIs in Milwaukee are the most he has in any road venue. LaRue went 1-for-4.
LaRue hitting .177 on the year
(7/5/2006) Reds C Jason LaRue, one of three catchers on the roster, is 5 for his last 50 (.100) and is hitting .177 on the season. He is expected to be on the market at the trade deadline, but he may be difficult to deal because of his two-year, $9.1 million contract.
Reds C Jason LaRue not satisfied
(6/30/2006) Jason LaRue is not pleased catching once every five days, but he is not disruptive nor demanding as he sits watching David Ross catch most of the time. "Staying sharp under these conditions is tough, something I've never done and never expected to do at this point in my career," he said. "I signed here to play every day, that's what I expected, but when I struggled, playing time slipped away, for whatever reason." LaRue, 32, signed a two-year, $9.1 million contract that pays him $3.9 this year and $5.2 million next year, big numbers for a guy batting .178. LaRue underwent arthroscopic surgery this spring, and some believe he came back too fast. "I don't want to say I came back too early because you are never 100 percent in this game," he said. "Last season I played the entire year with a broken hand. Jason LaRue at 80 percent is better than most catchers."
LaRue part of catching rotation
(6/30/2006) According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have decided to go with a catching rotation that will consist of the following: Jason LaRue catches Aaron Harang, David Ross catches Bronson Arroyo and Javier Valentin catches Elizardo Ramirez - if the opposition is throwing a right-hander. Who catches Joe Mays and Eric Milton is subject to change, but based on recent results, Ross probably will be the guy.
Jason LaRue makes start
(6/18/2006) Jason LaRue made his first start since June 7 on Sunday. He went 0-for-2, leaving him in a 2-for-34 rut.
LaRue sits again Sunday
(6/12/2006) C David Ross has usurped the starting role from C Jason LaRue, starting Sunday for the fifth time in seven games and hitting a home run, giving him hits in 13 of his last 14 games.
LaRue can't get a hit
(6/5/2006) C Jason LaRue, one of manager Jerry Narron's three-pronged catching platoon, is 0-for-26 recently.
LaRue struggling mightily
(6/3/2006) Jason LaRue hasn't had a hit since May 19. That's over a span of 24 at-bats and eight games.
LaRue has four hits in Steel City
(5/18/2006) Jason LaRue was 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, as the Reds came back from a six-run first inning deficit for the win. "There was no panic at all -- the last thing we needed to do was panic," Jason LaRue said. "We needed to go out and get some hits, get guys over and get them into scoring position and do the little things. (Thursday), we were able to capitalize on that."
LaRue getting hit by pitches
(5/10/2006) C Jason LaRue was hit by a pitch by Nationals RHP Tony Armas Jr. on Tuesday, on the second time he has been hit this season after tying a club record with 20 in 2003 and then breaking it in 2004 with 24. He was hit 13 times last year.
Dunn, LaRue homer Thursday
(5/5/2006) Adam Dunn and Jason LaRue homered to stake the Reds to an early lead on a cold, damp night in the Rockies. LaRue's three-run shot was his first home run of the season and came during a four-run second inning. Dunn led off the fifth with his 11th homer, a 454-foot shot into the second deck above the Rockies' bullpen in right-center.
LaRue to start back-to-back
(4/21/2006) C Jason LaRue, just off the disabled list after right knee surgery, will catch Friday night and Saturday afternoon, "a day game after a night game, which I don't like to do, especially in Jason's case now, but I want him to catch those two games in Milwaukee," manager Jerry Narron said.
LaRue activated off 15-day DL
(4/19/2006) Jason LaRue was activated off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. LaRue had surgery for torn knee cartilage during spring training.
LaRue expected to be activated
(4/17/2006) The Reds are expected to activate catcher Jason LaRue before Tuesday's game. LaRue has been on a minor league assignment while recovering from knee surgery.
Jason LaRue making progress
(4/17/2006) MLB.com reported that Reds C Jason LaRue will play on a rehab assignment on Monday. He played Sunday for Triple-A Louisville and made three rehab appearances for Class A Sarasota.
LaRue catches over four innings
(4/12/2006) In an extended spring training game, Jason LaRue (knee) caught Paul Wilson (shoulder) for four innings, reports MLB.com. LaRue went 0-for-3 in the game but reported no pain. Wilson allowed two hits with no runs and no walks while striking out three in four innings.
(4/10/2006) C Jason LaRue is eligible to come off the disabled list after right knee surgery two weeks ago, but his return is on hold. General manager Wayne Krivsky said, "We're not sure he's ready, and we don't want to rush him. We want to be smart and do the right thing." He'll catch RHP Paul Wilson's start in extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday.
LaRue close to returning
(4/8/2006) Jason LaRue caught pitches for 12 minutes in the bullpen without any problems Friday. LaRue had surgery for torn cartilage in his right knee on March 27 and went on the 15-day DL. He's eligible to be reinstated for the series that starts Tuesday in Chicago against the Cubs. LaRue will catch and run again on Saturday, and will be cleared to return if he has no pain or swelling.
LaRue catches President Bush
(4/6/2006) C Jason LaRue caught the season's ceremonial first pitch from President Bush on Opening Day even though he is on the disabled list after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. LaRue is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday when the club opens a series in Chicago.
Reds place P. Wilson, LaRue on DL
(4/1/2006) Ciincinnati placed RHP Paul Wilson and C Jason LaRue on the 15-day DL Saturday, retroactive to March 26.
LaRue to play Opening Day?
(3/29/2006) C Jason LaRue, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday to repair a torn medial meniscus, will begin working out Thursday. He says he plans to play Opening Day, seven days after surgery, although manager Jerry Narron says the team will be cautious, "even though I know he'll say he is OK."
LaRue has surgery Monday
(3/27/2006) Catcher Jason LaRue had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, then started rehabilitation hoping to be back in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup for opening day. The operation was part of a whirlwind day for the 32-year-old catcher, who showed up at the club's spring training facility a 5:45 a.m., went to the airport, flew to Cincinnati on owner Bob Castellini's jet, had the surgery and flew back. "I'm hoping to make opening day," LaRue said. "They said basically that 10 days would be for a normal person. I'm hoping to make it in seven. That's if we have no setbacks or anything like that." LaRue had an awkward follow-through on a home-run swing Saturday in Sarasota. He said the knee was a little stiff afterward, and bothered him when he tried to catch Paul Wilson during a workout Sunday morning.
LaRue needs surgery, headed for DL
(3/26/2006) Reds catcher Jason LaRue will have surgery Monday on torn cartilage in his right knee. LaRue, who started 104 games last season, is expected to miss a couple of weeks. The knee has bothered him during spring training. Javier Valentin is expected to do most of the catching while LaRue rehabilitates the knee. The Reds have two other catchers in camp: David Ross and Dane Sardinha. The Reds got Ross in a trade with San Diego on March 21.
LaRue landed in 14th round
(2/13/2006) In CBS SportsLine.com's NL-only experts 5x5 Rotisserie draft, Reds C Jason LaRue was selected in the 14th round (160th overall). Fellow catcher Brian Schneider was taken one pick ahead of him.
LaRue avoids arbit. with 2-year deal
(12/21/2005) Jason LaRue agreed to a two-year contract Tuesday with the Reds, solidifying his role as the starting catcher.
LaRue due to leave team soon?
(9/26/2005) C Jason LaRue was waiting to get called home to Texas, where his wife is expecting to give birth to their third child.
C LaRue heats up for Reds
(8/10/2005) Jason LaRue hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of the Reds' 8-3 victory over the Cubs. He went 3-for-5, including a double off Mark Prior. LaRue was moved up to second in the batting order, because he came into the game hitting .375 (6-for-16) against Prior. He brushed off any notions it's more than a coincidence. "There is nothing any different as far as approach or anything I take toward him," he said. "He is one of the most dominating pitchers in the game right now." LaRue's home run came off left-hander Will Ohman.
LaRue drives in career-high six
(7/4/2005) Jason LaRue was 2-for-3 with a bases loaded clearing double, two-run home run, sacrifice fly and a career-high six RBI in Monday's game at San Francisco.
LaRue still hitting strong
(6/27/2005) Jason LaRue has hit .353 (30-for-85) with six homers and 19 RBIs over 24 games.
LaRue back behind the plate
(6/20/2005) Jason LaRue (knee) is back behind the plate for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
LaRue remains sidelined
(6/19/2005) Jason LaRue (knee) was unable to play in Sunday's series finale against Atlanta.
LaRue injures knee
(6/18/2005) Jason LaRue left in the eighth after twisting his right knee while rounding first base on a single.
LaRue comes off bereavement list
(6/15/2005) Cincinnati Reds reinstated C Jason LaRue from the bereavement list.
LaRue expected back Tuesday
(6/14/2005) C Jason LaRue is expected back with the team Tuesday after going on the bereavement list Sunday to attend the funeral of his grandfather.
LaRue leaves for dad's funeral
(6/12/2005) Cincinnati placed catcher Jason LaRue on the bereavement list. LaRue returned to his home in Texas to attend the funeral of his grandfather. He won't be eligible to play until Wednesday.
LaRue starts Friday
(6/4/2005) Jason LaRue (wrist) went 1-for-3 with an RBI at Colorado Friday.
LaRue to play despite injury
(6/2/2005) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports LaRue suffered a hairline fracture of the left wrist on May 24 when he was hit by 95 mph fastball from Washington's Gary Majewski. It hurts," he said. "It feels like a broken bone. You know it's going to take four to six weeks to heal." LaRue plays with the wrist taped. He also sewed a protective pad onto his wristband.
LaRue returns, extends hit streak
(5/30/2005) LaRue went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored Sunday, starting a six-run second with his third homer of the season, a two-run shot to center field. LaRue, who missed the previous four games after getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist Tuesday, extended his hitting streak to eight games (13-for-32, .406).
LaRue returns to action Sunday
(5/29/2005) Catcher Jason LaRue returned to the lineup on Sunday. LaRue hasn't played since getting hit by a pitch in his left wrist on Tuesday. He had three hits and three RBI Sunday and has an eight-game hitting streak.
LaRue out Saturday
(5/29/2005) Jason LaRue (wrist) was unable to play against the Pirates Saturday.
LaRue sits out Friday's contest
(5/27/2005) Jason LaRue (bruised right wrist) was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Pirates. He's missed three straight starts now.
(5/26/2005) Jason LaRue is nursing a bruised right wrist and was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Thursday.
LaRue has three hits, homer
(5/24/2005) Jason LaRue went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Monday against the Nationals. It was his first three-hit game since April 6.
LaRue mired in hitless treak
(5/12/2005) Jason LaRue was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's game, as he continues to struggle.
LaRue stuck on bench again
(5/11/2005) Jason LaRue got a second straight day off on Tuesday, with Javier Valentin starting behind the plate.
LaRue struggling on offense
(4/29/2005) Jason LaRue has only one multi-hit game all season.
LaRue has four-RBI game
(9/26/2004) Jason LaRue went 2-for-5 with four RBI on Saturday against the Pirates. He now has a modest six-game hitting streak.
LaRue behind the plate
(9/13/2004) Jason LaRue (knee) returned the starting lineup Monday against the Phillies.
LaRue misses another
(9/12/2004) Jason LaRue (knee) remained out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers. He missed the two prior games as well.
LaRue sits again
(9/12/2004) Jason LaRue (knee) remained out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Brewers. He missed the prior game as well.
LaRue homers in return
(9/8/2004) Jason LaRue (knee) was back in the lineup for Tuesday's game at Houston.
LaRue out Monday
(9/6/2004) Jason LaRue (hyperextended right knee) did not play Monday against Houston.
LaRue hopes for Monday return
(9/6/2004) Jason LaRue (hyperextended right knee) is hopeful he will be able to start Monday's series opener at Houston, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'll try squatting (Monday)," he said. "I have to be able to do that to make my living. That's when it bothers me."
LaRue has three more hits
(6/23/2004) Jason LaRue was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's game at N.Y. Mets.
LaRue stays hot on Tuesday
(6/16/2004) Jason LaRue was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
LaRue belts two home runs
(6/15/2004) Jason LaRue was 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Monday's game at Philadelphia.
LaRue returns to action
(6/11/2004) Jason LaRue was back in the starting lineup Friday against Cleveland. He was forced to leave Wednesday's game after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch.
LaRue leaves Wednesday's game
(6/10/2004) Jason LaRue was hit in the left hand by a pitch and forced to leave Wednesday's game at Oakland in the sixth inning.
LaRue with big night
(6/4/2004) Jason LaRue collected three hits and threw out two runners on Friday.
Jason LaRue activated
(5/15/2004) LaRue (finger) came off the 15-day disabled list Friday and went 0-2 at Los Angeles.
LaRue to play Friday
(5/13/2004) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jason LaRue (finger) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to play Friday at Los Angeles.
LaRue to join team Friday
(5/10/2004) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jason LaRue (finger) is ready to play, but will have to wait until he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
LaRue placed on disabled list
(4/29/2004) The Reds placed Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, a day after his right index finger was broken on a bunt attempt. He will be out indefinitely, but a more definitive return date should be known when he is re-examined in about a week.
Jason LaRue goes 0-for-4
(4/6/2004) LaRue was hitless in four at-bats in Monday's opener against the Cubs.
LaRue re-signs with Reds
(12/20/2003) Cincinnati signed Jason LaRue to a one-year contract Friday.
LaRue returns on Tuesday
(9/16/2003) Jason LaRue (back) returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday.
(9/16/2003) Jason LaRue (back) was not available to start on Monday, but he made a pinch-hitting appearance.
Jason LaRue has more back spams
(9/13/2003) LaRue had to leave Friday's game at the Cubs because of back spasms, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
LaRue able to play Sunday
(9/8/2003) Jason LaRue (heel) started Sunday's game. He was 0-for-3.
LaRue leaves game with injury
(9/6/2003) Jason LaRue left Saturday's game in the fifth inning at St. Louis with a bruised heel.
LaRue plays first base
(8/29/2003) The Cincinnati Post reports that Jason LaRue played first base against the Brewers on Thursday. "It was different, and it was fun," said LaRue. "I was comfortable, and I think the butterflies died down once I got that first ball hit to me. It's just a different feeling seeing the ball come off the bat that way."
LaRue returns for Cincinnati
(7/17/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup on Thursday. He was 0-for-3 with an RBI.
LaRue might return Thursday
(7/14/2003) According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jason LaRue (shoulder) should be ready to return on Thursday against Houston.
LaRue misses seventh game
(7/12/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) missed his seventh consecutive game Friday against the Brewers.
Jason LaRue out Thursday
(7/11/2003) LaRue missed his sixth straight game on Thursday due to a deep bruise in his left shoulder.
LaRue out on Wednesday
(7/9/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) missed his fifth straight game on Wednesday.
Jason LaRue still out
(7/8/2003) LaRue (shoulder) was sidelined again on Tuesday at Houston. He is hopeful of returning to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
LaRue hopes to return Tuesday
(7/8/2003) The Cincinnati Post reports that Jason LaRue (shoulder) took batting practice Monday for the first time since aggravating the injury on Friday. He hopes to return to action Tuesday in Houston. "It's just a day-to-day thing," LaRue said. "I couldn't even swing a bat (Monday). Hopefully, it will keep making progress."
LaRue out again Monday
(7/8/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) was sidelined for his third consecutive game on Monday.
LaRue misses weekend games
(7/7/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) missed both weekend games after aggravating his injury on Friday.
LaRue leaves game early
(7/4/2003) Jason LaRue left Friday's game with the Mets after aggravating a previous shoulder injury.
LaRue back in the lineup
(7/4/2003) Jason LaRue started against the Mets on Friday.
LaRue misses another game
(7/4/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) missed his third straight game on Thursday.
LaRue still sidelined
(7/2/2003) Jason LaRue missed his second consecutive game on Wednesday due to a bruised shoulder. He told the Cincinnati Enquirer that his shoulder is "a lot better than (Monday), but I have a deep bruise in my shoulder. I've lost strength."
LaRue out of the lineup
(7/1/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) was again out of the lineup on Tuesday.
LaRue has bruised shoulder
(6/30/2003) Jason LaRue was hit by a pitch in the back of the shoulder by Cleveland's Jason Davis on Sunday.
LaRue drives in five runs
(6/14/2003) Jason LaRue was 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI on Friday.
LaRue might be hurting
(5/28/2003) Jason LaRue has a hamstring problem, according to Bob Boone. Kelly Stinnett has started three consecutive games.
Reds get LaRue back on Tuesday
(4/30/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) returned to the lineup on Tuesday night at Colorado. He finished 0-for-3.
LaRue misses Sunday's game
(4/27/2003) Jason LaRue (shoulder) missed Sunday's game. Kelly Stinnett started in his absence.
LaRue leaves Saturday's game
(4/26/2003) Jason LaRue left Saturday's game after four innings due to a bruised right shoulder.
(2/26/2003) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jason LaRue, who had hernia surgery on Sept. 21, has fully recovered. "He looks good, real good," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "Swinging the bat, he's been very consistent." LaRue is expected to be the Reds' starting catcher in 2003.
(9/25/2002) LaRue underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a hernia. He should be able to resume working out in two months, and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next season.
(9/24/2002) LaRue will have season-ending surgery Tuesday morning to repair a hernia, the team announced Monday. Kelly Stinnett and Corky Miller will start in his absence.
(7/16/2002) Corky Miller's recent demotion to the minor leagues means that LaRue will be the primary catcher. The Reds called up veteran Kelly Stinnett, but manager Bob Boone told The Cincinnati Post Monday that Stinnett will only catch when knuckleball pitcher Jared Fernandez starts. Consider starting LaRue if you are desperate for a catcher in an NL-only league.
(4:42 pm ET) It appears that LaRue will resume splitting playing time with fellow catcher Corky Miller. The rookie had replaced LaRue as the No. 1 catcher and was catching three of every five games. However, The Cincinnati Post reports that playing time will likely be divided evenly once pitcher Joey Hamilton is activated from the disabled list this week. LaRue still isn't worth starting even though he will receive more at-bats. He is only batting .245.
(5/15/2002) LaRue is no longer the Reds' No. 1 catcher. Rookie Corky Miller is now the catcher for three of the five starters in the rotation. Reserve LaRue until his playing time becomes more frequent.
(4/25/2002) LaRue sat out Wednesday's game partly to rest his sore quadriceps. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he was also given the day off to give Corky Miller a chance to play. LaRue will be evaluated on a daily basis.
(9/23/2001) LaRue missed Saturday's game in Milwaukee due to a bruised left shoulder. He hasn't been playing every day anyway, so you shouldn't be using him as a starter in your Fantasy league.
(4/13/2001) Reds Manager Bob Boone said Thursday that he will bench LaRue for the next couple of games, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. LaRue committed a passed ball and was the catcher when John Riedling tossed three wild pitches in one inning Wednesday, and Boone felt his catcher was partly responsible for the wildness. Kelly Stinnett will likely get increased playing time for now, and you might want to reserve LaRue for the upcoming week.
(8/18/2000) Jason LaRue was in the Reds' lineup at catcher Wednesday for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Eddie Taubensee is on the DL with a bulging disk and Benito Santiago has slumped to a .240 batting average. Expect LaRue to get the majority of the playing time until Taubensee is ready to return.
(8/28/1999) The Reds called up catcher Jason LaRue from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill Morris' roster spot. LaRue got his first major league promotion on June 15 when backup catcher Brian Johnson went on the disabled list because of arthroscopic knee surgery. LaRue hit .154 but was impressive defensively. The Reds went 11-5 when he started behind the plate and pitchers had a 3.56 ERA. The Reds optioned him to Indianapolis on Aug. 3.
(6/14/1999) Jason LaRue was recalled by the Cincinnati Reds when Brian Johnson went on the DL. He was batting .249 with six homers. His on-base-percentage was an ugly .297. He will also be playing behind Eddie Taubensee. What we're trying to say is that he has absolutely no Fantasy value.