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LaRoche may be held out til Thursday

Mar 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Adam LaRoche has yet to make his spring training debut.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though Adam LaRoche says he's ready to go, Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he'll likely hold his first baseman out more day before letting him make his spring training debut Thursday.

LaRoche hasn't appeared in a game yet after suffering a mild ankle sprain during an early workout. He's also recovering from last summer's surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Johnson had indicated earlier this week he intended to have LaRoche make his debut tomorrow against the Cardinals, but this morning the manager indicated he'll probably wait one more day because LaRoche has not yet had the opportunity to hit off live pitching.

"I think he'll be champing at the bit for tomorrow, but I'm not going to play him tomorrow," Johnson said. "Hopefully he'll be ready to goRead more »

  1. NatsLady - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Have to agree with Davey on this one. Listening to MLB Intentional Talk, a former player asserted that a veteran only needs about thirty AB's to get his form back. Can't see that there's any rush on LaRoche.Yes, I do read Fangraphs, avidly, although I get tired of the podcasts when they don't talk baseball.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    So tired of this guy. He was amazing on the field. But he's entering the Nationals Club of Great Disappointments. It's a large club.

  3. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    If LaRoche is not healthy, the chances of Harper being rostered go way up. They may need hat LHB.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Looks like the game with the Cards won't be broadcast, audio or video. Is that the case?

  5. Mick - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Health of the players really is key. That is the one thing that could derail our optimism. It would be Nats luck if key people are not 100% all year, just our friggin luck!

  6. Cease the Opportunity - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Put LaRoche on IR. Put Lannan at 1st base, voilà…

  7. NatsLady - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Cease–yeah, but what about Desi?

  8. NatsLady - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Morse out with "Lat Strain"???? How serious?

  9. Grandstander - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Worse signing, Kearns or LaRoche?

  10. Sunderland - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I'd love to know if it is the ankle (no big deal) or the shoulder (a little more of an issue) that is keeping him out. Cease the Opportunity said… Put LaRoche on IR. Put Lannan at 1st base, voilà…He's tall, left handed, has been know to go yard on occasion.And extra kudos to CtO for the accent.

  11. NatinBeantown - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Grandstander, silly question. How can LaRoche be a "bad signing"? He got hurt. Players do that. Anyone who claims that the Nats should have diagnosed something pre-existing misunderstands sports medicine in my opinion. Besides, LaRoche has plenty of time to redeem himself.As much as I liked him as a person and as a Red, it just never came together here for Austin over a number of years.Least productive acquisition? Brian Lawrence. Never threw a pitch after the 2nd day of ST.

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