GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam LaRoche took part in workouts Friday morning, including batting practice, as he works his way back from back spasms. The 36-year-old said everything feels fine except for when he swings a bat, and even then, he's had some improvement there.
LaRoche suffered the spasms when he took a swing in a game March 5 and has been out of action since. He initially thought he could miss up to two weeks, but his condition has improved to the point where he hopes to play again in thee or four days, barring a setback.
“Compared to yesterday it felt good,” LaRoche said. “I would say, up to about 80 percent on the swing and it feels good. I start to feel it a little bit, one little spot in my lower back, trying to get it out of there. Yesterday felt okay. Today felt a little better. I hope the progression continues.”
While LaRoche is taking his time in the relaxed atmosphere of spring training, he said he can’t move too slowly in his recovery. A year after hitting .207 with a .634 OPS and 12 home runs — which represented the worst full season of his 12-year career — LaRoche is eager to get back into Cactus League games.
“I don’t want to drag it out forever because I still want to get some at-bats and get out there and get the feel back,” LaRoche said. “Again, if (the injury is) going to happen, it happened at a great time. But time flies here, too. We got some games left.”
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Manager Robin Ventura said LaRoche, if he’s feeling better by Saturday, could get some at-bats in Saturday’s B game (which will be started by right-hander Mat Latos and could feature outfielder Austin Jackson, too).