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Adam LaRoche has missed the last two workouts with a minor ankle sprain.
LaRoche tweaked his left ankle running the bases Tuesday. X-rays revealed no fracture or structural damage.
"Just some swelling and a mild sprain," he said. "That was the good news."
LaRoche does plan to do some light throwing and swinging today, as he also eases his surgically repaired left shoulder back into game shape. The shoulder continues to feel sore after throwing, but the veteran first baseman actually is encouraged by that sensation.
"It's a soreness that's not painful, which is exactly what I need right now," he said. "I know I'm getting some work in, and I'm working it enough, but not overly to where it hurts. I guess you could call it a getting-in-shape soreness from stretching it out the last week."
The Nationals' medical staff did run some tests on LaRoche, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum last summer, and came away with no concerns.
"We did some range-of-motion stuff, and I think if that didn't turn out good, they were going to go in a little deeper and take a look at it," he said. "But all that was great. Strength was good. So we pretty much stayed away from it."
The Nationals open exhibition play tomorrow with a charity game against Georgetown, then travel to Kissimmee on Saturday to face the Astros in their Grapefruit League opener. LaRoche, like many lineup regulars, is scheduled to make his debut Sunday against Houston in Viera.
"Unless, obviously, this changes something, I plan on playing Sunday," he said.
Right fielder Jayson Werth, meanwhile, returned to full practice today after taking things easy the last two days with back spasms.