VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who has missed most of Spring Training because of a sore left foot, was seen jogging on the outfield grass Monday morning. He was making cuts to his left without any problems. LaRoche then took infield practice before calling it a day.
On Tuesday, LaRoche plans to run the bases before getting Minor League at-bats. The Nationals are hoping LaRoche can play in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday, when they play split-squad games against the Tigers and Braves.
"[The foot] feels a lot better," LaRoche said. "Again because of Spring Training, [games missed] have been prolonged -- just to be cautious. I would hope sitting on it for a week and not turning -- just running straight, not stressing at all -- I'm hoping that [the pain] is gone or close to gone. I don't know if we'll find out a whole lot today. Probably tomorrow, when they let me [run the] bases."
Manager Davey Johnson announced once the season starts, LaRoche will be in a platoon at first base with Mark DeRosa. What was LaRoche's reaction?
"No comment. That's how I feel about it," LaRoche said.
"I don't have him out there yet, and we are having a conversation about playing time on the Major League level. That's great," Johnson said after he was told about LaRoche's reaction.
Johnson said he planned to have LaRoche start the season as a platoon player before the foot injury occurred. Johnson was thinking about LaRoche's left shoulder, which caused the left-handed hitter to miss most of last season.
"It's not like I'm saying, 'OK, at this stage, you are a platoon player.' He has these injuries," Johnson said. "I want to make sure he gets some rest, because it's a grinding schedule. I wanted him to know what I was thinking. He can prove me wrong. ... This is all about injuries and taking care of them."