LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.-- Taking a conservative approach, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that first baseman Adam LaRoche may not start against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Johnson wants to see how well LaRoche is holding up before putting him in a game. Johnson didn't rule out giving LaRoche a couple of at-bats as a DH later in the game, but Johnson would prefer if LaRoche played with the regular position players, who are expected to get Wednesday off. LaRoche has yet to play because of a weak left shoulder and sore left ankle.
"I think he will be champing at the bit for tomorrow, but I'm not going to play him tomorrow. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go Thursday," Johnson said. "I would like to see him go through workouts, then go. It's a long spring. We have time. I'm not worried about getting enough playing time. I'm more concerned about him being all right."