Bryan LaHair Injury: Cubs 1B Is '50-50' For Opening Day

Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair's status is considered "50-50" for the team's Opening Day game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. LaHair has been dealing with a sore back during spring training, but until recently there was significant optimism that he wouldn't miss any of the regular season.

LaHair, 29, is getting his first legitimate chance to be a starting first baseman in the majors. He didn't played in Chicago's final four Cactus League games, though, so his first full season with the Cubs may not begin on time. The general expectation was that LaHair would keep first base warm while top prospect Anthony Rizzo gets in a few more reps in the minors.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum says that Blake DeWitt, Joe Mather or Jeff Baker would start in LaHair's place on Opening Day if he can't go. It's unlikely that Chicago will need to put LaHair on the disabled list for the back issues, but the continued problems aren't a good thing.

For more on the offseason, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.