WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a notoriously slow starter, but entering Friday's action, LaRoche was 10-for-29 (.345) with a team-leading two home runs and eight RBIs.
What's working for LaRoche? He has fully recovered from his shoulder surgery, which caused him to miss most of last season. But there is still work to be done, LaRoche says.
"To be honest, I'm not exactly where I want to be right now. I'm not complaining by any means. I'm seeing the ball well. I'm still working on some things," LaRoche said. "I have to be a little more selective. I think the more at-bats I get, the more comfortable I get. ... I'm still going outside the zone a little."
LaRoche is still dealing with left foot problems, which he suffered while running the bases during Spring Training. The foot, according to LaRoche, is about 80 percent healed, but it will not cause him to miss games.