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LaRoche inching closer to return

Mar 26, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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First baseman Adam LaRoche last appeared in a game on March 15.

VIERA, Fla. — It didn't look like much — jogging around a 10-foot circle a couple of times — but it represented one of the last hurdles standing between Adam LaRoche and a return to the Nationals' lineup.

Testing out his injured left foot in that fashion for the first time in nearly two weeks, LaRoche reported no problems and is expected to be cleared to participate fully in a minor-league game tomorrow.

If that goes well, LaRoche could be back in the Nationals' big-league lineup later this week, giving him enough time to make the Opening Day roster.

Even if it doesn't happen according to that timetable, LaRoche has noRead more »

  1. erocks33 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Yay! A new topic. Unless everyone wants to go into great details regarding the 10-foot circle?

  2. JamesFan - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    It's big boy time. Tape it up, cinch it up, take a couple of aspirin and get out on the field. This guy makes way too much money to be pampered any longer. Play him and see what happens. Either he is a player or he is not.

  3. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    So, anyone watching today's game: how did HRod look? Sounds like he's doing well, so far.

  4. natsfan1a - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    noooooooooooooooo 8-Oerocks33 said… Yay! A new topic. Unless everyone wants to go into great details regarding the 10-foot circle? March 26, 2012 4:27 PM

  5. Marty - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    "but it represented one of the last hurdles standing between Adam LaRoche and a return to the Nationals' lineup."Hope you knocked on some wood while you typed that one.

  6. Cwj - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I'm kind of disappointed in LaRoche's apparent attitude.It's not like he has contributed anything since joining the Nats. Why would he object to missing a few at bats? As Davey said it's about health, not being a platoon player.Hopefully I misinterpreted, but the Nats don't need any whiners. This is a classy team, and I'd hate to see LaRoche spoil that.

  7. sjm308 - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    CWj: I did not interpret it as you did. I see this as LaRoche not wanting to be platooned. He wants to play and is not whining. Davey had the last word and it was not even debated. What might even be termed classy is that LaRoche did not take it further and argue with Davey in the media. I also don't think he has enjoyed being "pampered" as it was called in an earlier post. Remember, he played hurt for almost a month before it was just obvious he was not helping himself or the team. I don't see this guy as a primadonna. I actually see him as a fairly tough guy who has had more then his share of injuries the last two years and is frustrated by that. Does anyone have his injury records before coming here? I knew that Nick has those issues with other teams but I don't think Adam did.

  8. DWS - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Bugs proved the world was round by throwing a baseball around it and getting it stamped through customs on the way.I have to assume a ten foot circle would be similar. Unless Mr Einstein has come back to life and disproved his theories, Bugs rules.

  9. natsfan1a - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Bugs wasn't bad on the field, either.



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