LaRoche takes day off to rest sore right foot

LaRoche takes day off to rest sore right foot

LaRoche takes day off to rest sore right foot
TORONTO -- Adam LaRoche sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays because of a sore right foot.

The Nationals first baseman fouled a ball off his foot in Tuesday night's contest and was still feeling some discomfort.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said LaRoche received treatment on his foot Wednesday morning -- specifically the arch -- and told Johnson he could probably play, but the skipper elected to give his slugger a day off. Washington has an off-day Thursday, so this will allow LaRoche to get some extra rest.

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"I think he'll be fine, [but] he hit it pretty good," Johnson said. "This field is pretty hard, so might as well give him today."

Toronto's home park, Rogers Centre, has an artificial-turf surface, which is considered much more strenuous on the body, especially the lower half, than natural grass.

LaRoche is having a strong comeback season after being limited to 43 games in 2011 following shoulder surgery, and he is providing the Nationals with production in the middle of the lineup.

The 32-year-old had a team-leading 11 home runs and 42 RBIs -- tied for fourth best in the National League entering play Wednesday -- and was among the top 10 NL leaders in walks, with 29.

Rookie Tyler Moore got the start at first in LaRoche's absence and batted seventh. The 25-year-old Moore was hitting .222 over 27 at-bats this season.