Adam LaRoche doubled in his final at bat in the Washington Nationals' 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field last Wednesday. Since then, the 33-year-old Nats' first baseman is 0 for 15 with a walk and six Ks. Against left-handers this year, the 10-year MLB veteran has a .213/.269/.410 line. So LaRoche is sitting tonight as the Nationals start a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. Chris Marrero's getting his first start of the year at first base in LaRoche's place tonight. Marrero's 0 for 5 in three game since getting called up from Triple-A Syracuse, but he had a .303/.329/.424 line with five doubles and a home run in 66 at bats against left-handers with the Nationals' top affiliate before he came back to the majors.
The Nationals are also apparently without Denard Span tonight in Philadelphia. The center fielder fouled a pitch off his foot in Cleveland on Sunday, and is out of the lineup tonight with Jeff Kobernus getting the start in center instead. Here's what Span told reporters after the injury before the game with the Phillies:
Denard Span hopes he'll be back in #nats lineup tomorrow. Admits swing not being where he wants is contributing to all the fouls off foot.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 17, 2013
Span on why he keeps fouling pitches off that foot: "My swing is not good." Knows mechanics are out of whack.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) June 17, 2013
Span is 9 for 56 in the month of June, with a double, triple, four walks and six Ks in 12 games. On May 31st, the outfielder had a .275/.330/.372 line. After going 2 for 24 through six games on the current road trip, that's down to .256/.312/.349.
• Here's the rest of the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game against former Nats' starter John Lannan tonight in Citizens Bank Park:
Tonight's lineup at PHI: Kobernus CF, Rendon 2B, Zimmerman 3B, Werth RF, Desmond SS, Marrero 1B, Suzuki C, Lombardozzi LF, Haren P— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 17, 2013