Adam LaRoche was out of Tuesday’s starting lineup because of a tight back, according to Manager Matt Williams. LaRoche has been dealing with back tightness for the past three or four days. Williams suggested the discomfort wasn’t major and expected LaRoche back in Wednesday’s lineup barring any setbacks.
Williams originally had the left-handed LaRoche in Tuesday’s starting lineup against starter Cole Hamels — LaRoche is a career 10 for 39 with four home runs against the southpaw — but took him out so LaRoche could rest and receive treatment on his back, which was tight when he woke Tuesday morning.
“It just gets tight every once in a while,” Williams said LaRoche, who started 61 of the previous 62 games entering Tuesday. “He plays a lot. He’s been on the bases a lot. We’ve had some long games and all of that contributes to it.”
Williams said LaRoche could be available off the bench if needed Tuesday but that would hinge on his treatment. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base instead.
“He’s just gonna chill out [Tuesday] and get some work done and hopefully it’ll alleviate itself tonight and be able to go [Wednesday],” Williams said.
Williams kept Bryce Harper out of Tuesday’s starting lineup to get Scott Hairston a start against Hamels. Hairston crushes Hamels in his career; he is 17 for 44 with five home runs in his career against him. Harper, however, has handled left-handers well this season, hitting .284 with one homer in 74 at-bats against them and is 8 for 25 in his career against Hamels.