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Adam LaRoche has yet to make his spring training debut.
LaRoche hasn't appeared in a game yet after suffering a mild ankle sprain during an early workout. He's also recovering from last summer's surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Johnson had indicated earlier this week he intended to have LaRoche make his debut tomorrow against the Cardinals, but this morning the manager indicated he'll probably wait one more day because LaRoche has not yet had the opportunity to hit off live pitching.
"I think he'll be champing at the bit for tomorrow, but I'm not going to play him tomorrow," Johnson said. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go Thursday."
Johnson later amended his stance and indicated he might let LaRoche get an at-bat or two tomorrow as designated hitter. He won't, however play in the field.
"It's a long spring. We've got time," the manager said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm more concerned about him being right."