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Adam LaRoche is dealing with a mild ankle sprain and a surgically repaired shoulder.
Manager Davey Johnson said this morning LaRoche probably won't play over the weekend, "unless somehow, miraculously, he'd be 100 percent."
LaRoche has been dealing with a mild ankle sprain since Tuesday, though he's been participating in some workouts since then and expressed confidence yesterday he'd be ready to go for Sunday's Grapefruit League home opener against the Astros.
"Unless, obviously, this changes something, I plan on playing Sunday," he said yesterday.
The Nationals, though, appear to be taking an overly cautious approach with their 32-year-old first baseman, who in addition to the ankle sprain is also coming back from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Aside from LaRoche, Johnson expects to have all of his other regular position players debut no later than Sunday. That includes right fielder Jayson Werth, who appears fully recovered from the back spasms that limited him earlier this week.