LaRoche missed most of last year because of labrum tears in his left shoulder. Manager Davey Johnson said he will be cautious in how he uses LaRoche during Spring Training. Johnson expects the shoulder to be 100 percent by Opening Day.
"The arm feels, I wouldn't say great, but I am throwing. I still have a little ways to get there in terms of strength," LaRoche said. "Other than that, it's getting your legs in shape, your eyes adjusted and we are facing live pitching now. It looks like everybody is throwing 150 miles per hour. We are getting there."