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““I honestly don’t know. I don’t know,” Oates said. “I’m kind of removed from that a little bit. He’s just working out every day, trying to be healthy and get stronger. As soon as he can, we’ll take him back.” Laich should be considered out indefinitely.

“Obviously he’s very frustrated and everybody is,” Oates said. “When he came into our lineup, it was obviously very important. He added a huge dimension to us, got us going in a sense and we need him.”