Laroche close to return
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.”