Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is the laest of the team's top hitters to go down with an injury. He is laisted as day-to-day with an oblique injury. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

LaRoche Scratched with Oblique Strain

The injury bug keeps biting the Nationals’ top hitters.

Adam LaRoche joined the walking wounded Thursday night when he was scratched from the lineup due to a strained oblique. The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the move was announced about an hour before the Nats’ 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. There’s no word on how the injury occurred.

The team’s normal cleanup hitter, who leads the team in nearly every offensive category with a .311 batting average, four home runs and 17 RBIs’, is listed as day-to-day. Kilgore reports that if it turns out to be just soreness, he could be back in a matter of days, but a strain could keep him out of the lineup for weeks.

LaRoche missed most of last season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and most of  spring training with a bone bruise on his left foot.

Injuries have now kept Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse, the team’s normal No. 3 and 4 hitters out of the lineup for significant periods of time. LaRoche has been batting cleanup in Morse’s absence.

An oblique injury also sidelined infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa, who was placed on the disabled list on Sunday.

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