First baseman Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals’ lineup today, still nursing a sore quad. The Nationals will have to monitor LaRoche, and whether he will be in the lineup, on a day-to-day basis. The ailment will not heal with just one or two days of rest, and so the Nationals will need to manage their cleanup hitter with care.
“It’s going to be an everyday thing until hopefully he gets over it,” Williams said. “We’re looking at long-term. If he gets in a situation where he [hurts] it really bad, then you’re looking at a couple weeks. But then again, we have to play, and we have to be competitive and give ourselves a chance to win. We’ll try to strike that balance. It’s a hard one to strike, though.”
The Phillies scratched lefty Cole Hamels from his start Sunday with the flu, which will affect the Nationals’ lineup. The Nationals will instead face Roberto Hernandez, the right-hander formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Williams had planned to start Kevin Frandsen in left field against Hamels, but with a right-hander starting, Williams said he’ll likely go with Nate McLouth, tonight’s starter.
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