Nationals Vs. Cubs: Bryan LaHair Available To Play

After missing the final four games of spring training, as well as Opening Day, the Chicago Cubs received some welcome news, as Bryan LaHair should be available as a pinch-hitter on Saturday against the Washington Nationals. According to Doug Padilla at ESPNChicago, LaHair could have started today, but will wait until tomorrow because the Nationals are starting a left-hander:

LaHair, who missed Opening Day, as well as the last four games of the spring, is available as a left-handed pinch hitter off the bench Saturday. One reason he's not starting is that the Washington Nationals have left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound.

"Everything went really well [Friday], pretty much a full workout," manager Dale Sveum said. "If everything goes good like it did yesterday, which it should since he’s feeling great today, he’ll be in the lineup [Sunday]."

LaHair is expected to bring some serious punch to the lineup. Last season, LaHair dominated throughout Triple-A and winter ball, hitting over 50 home runs.

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