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