LaRoche left Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and said it is worse than the back pain he had last week.
“It’s been tight for a while,” LaRoche said. “It’s gotten later in the game. In the fourth, fifth inning, it starts really tightening up from just standing around. I’ve had it before. I hope it’s quick, a day or two. But you never know.
“It’s one spot in my lower back that locks up. I’m able to get it pretty loose to get going. The further along the game goes, the more standing out there at first, defensively, is when I feel it the most. Yesterday was really sore, and today the same thing.”
Manager Matt Williams said the team will know more about the injury on Tuesday.
Kilgore reports LaRoche has gone 1 for 23 on the current road trip since his back issues started. LaRoche is batting .257 with 19 home runs and 70 RBI for Washington this season.
- Paul Palladino