WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche took 50 swings in the batting cage on Sunday and he felt "50-60 percent" better and is still shooting to play Tuesday against the Pirates.
LaRoche also had an MRI early Sunday and it was revealed that he has a bruised right abdominal muscle, not the oblique that was first reported earlier in the week. LaRoche hurt himself diving for a ball against the D-backs on Wednesday.
"No tears. Nothing major. It's just a bruise, which is great news," LaRoche said. "It hasn't torn at all. We are doing what we are doing."
Like Ryan Zimmerman, LaRoche will take batting practice during the off-day on Monday and that will determine if he will play against Pittsburgh.
"I'm going to push it a little bit more, and [I'm] still holding out [hope that I'll play on] Tuesday," LaRoche said.