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MAR 27, 8:59p ET
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 1:58p ET
News: LaRoche was scratched from Wednesday's spring game with an illness, Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: LaRoche reported feeling under the weather, but it doesn't appear to be a particularly serious ailment. Consider him day-to-day as he may be held out again Thursday and possibly Friday, but he should be back on the field without missing too much time.
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 1:31p ET
News: LaRoche has gone 1-for-9 in his past three spring games after returning from a minor back issue.
Impact: LaRoche received one day off last week due to the back issue, and has struggled a bit since returning. It's been a rough spring overall as well, with the veteran sticking just .212/.229/.394 with one home run and nine RBI. However, he's been lauded for his play defensively, and figures to see a fair amount of time at first base this season in addition to his primary role as the designated hitter.
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 11:31a ET
News: LaRoche will receive the day off Wednesday with a minor lower-back issue, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: The Nationals have the day off Friday, so LaRoche's potential return to the field would come Saturday. The issue appears to be minor, but should be monitored over the next few days to ensure nothing more emerges.