Adam LaRoche passes test at Harrisburg

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In his second minor league rehab appearance, first baseman Adam LaRoche moved to Class AA Harrisburg and played seven innings, going 1 for 3 with an intentional walk. His strained right quad passed every test – he advanced to second on a passed ball, and afterward LaRoche told the Harrisburg Patriot-News his leg felt good.

LaRoche is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday. The Nationals have not decided if they will activate him then or wait until they return home Monday.

“Ran fine,” Manager Matt Williams said. “All the reports are good. So we’ll talk after the game about whether he needs another one or what we’re going do. Haven’t had a chance to do that yet.”

The Nationals could certainly use LaRoche’s bat as soon as possible. He had been the Nationals’ best hitter this season, hitting .319/.421/.504 even as he played through the quad injury.

Thursday night, LaRoche said his quad felt “great” after a rehab appearance at Class A Potomac.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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