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LaRoche was a late scratch from the Braves' lineup Tuesday. He's been bothered by a sore left wrist since being struck with a pitch by Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo on Saturday. LaRoche started the last two games, going 1-for-7 with an RBI. Scott Thorman took over at first for his ailing teammate.
LaRoche left the Braves' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, after hitting a fifth-inning double and straining his right hamstring by sliding into second. The first baseman is listed as day-to-day, but is not expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.
After taking a hard grounder off his head on Sunday, LaRoche returned to action Tuesday as a defensive replacement late in Atlanta's 5-4 loss to Philadelphia. This may not mean an immediate return to the everyday lineup, but LaRoche should be back in Atlanta's batting order soon.
LaRoche left Atlanta's win over Washington Sunday during the eighth inning, after taking a groundball to first base off his head. The hard-hit chopper bounded high and went over the first baseman's glove.
LaRoche notched the second multihomer game of his major league career, going deep twice in Monday's 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Braves' first baseman also extended his current hitting streak to four games. Over that span, he is 7-for-15 (.467) with a double, three home runs and six RBI.
LaRoche will not play in Wednesday's meeting with the Colorado Rockies, due to a slightly strained muscle in his left leg, according to Braves manager Bobby Cox. The first baseman, who will be replaced by Julio Franco, should be back in action this weekend. Officially, he is listed as day-to-day.
LaRoche's injury is considered minor, and he should not miss much time. In 30 games this season, he is batting .255 with four home runs and 22 RBI.
Despite notching just one hit in five at-bats, LaRoche finished Thursday's victory over the Houston Astros with a career-high four RBI. The Braves' first baseman connected for a three-run homer in the first inning before adding an RBI groundout in the sixth.
LaRoche is 4-for-9 with seven RBI over his last two games. For the season, he is batting .237 with seven doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 25 contests. He will continue to get the majority of starts at first base for Atlanta.