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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