Laroche close to re­turn

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

First base­man Adam Laroche did some run­ning in the out­field Mon­day, jog­ging the curve of the in­field sev­eral times and also in a cir­cle once to test his in­jured left foot (bone bruise). It was the first turn­ing Laroche has been al­lowed to do since March 15. He’s sched­uled to run the bases in a mi­nor league game Tues­day.

The Na­tion­als are aim­ing for him to be cleared to re­turn to full duty by Thurs­day, keep­ing him on track to be on the ac­tive ros­ter by Open­ing Day on April 5.

“It’s not some­thing I can’t play with,” Laroche said. “When it was at its peak and re­ally hurt­ing, I could still go play.”

Laroche in­jured his foot do­ing base-run­ning drills in one of the team’s first full-squad work­outs, but he’s said through­out that the con­ser­va­tive ap­proach the team has taken with his re­cov­ery would not be nec­es­sary dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. Even when healthy, though, John­son in­formed Laroche he’ll use him in some­thing of a pla­toon to start, so as not to push him too hard com­ing off the foot in­jury as well as June shoul­der surgery.

Laroche was not pleased with the idea, say­ing only, “No com­ment. That’s how I feel about it.”

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