CINCINNATI — Adam LaRoche came out after seven innings in the Nationals’ blowout loss to the Reds on Friday night, and manager Davey Johnson revealed after the game that LaRoche may sit out of Saturday’s game with a stiff back.
The Nationals’ first baseman felt his back tighten up after Wednesday night’s game in D.C., played in very cold temperatures, and it acted up some on Friday.
While Johnson suggested a day off might be in order for LaRoche, he didn’t immediately agree.
“I don’t know about that,” LaRoche said of missing Saturday afternoon’s game.
“It’s not real sharp pain, it just feels really tight. Kind of staying right there, knotted up. Do a little hot-cold, do what we can, hopefully get it loose.”
LaRoche dealt with lower back and hip tightness over the course of the 2012 season but he said this issue is a bit more centered on his back, a bit higher up than last year’s issue.
Tyler Moore, who entered the game in LaRoche’s place on Friday, would be the likely starter should Johnson sit LaRoche on Saturday.