- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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TEMPE, Ariz. – Bryan LaHair will miss a second consecutive game Sunday with back discomfort, but the injury isn’t considered serious.
LaHair is expected to play again before the Cactus League schedule ends Tuesday and figures to be in the lineup at the cleanup spot when the regular season opens Thursday at home against the Washington Nationals.
“He’s much better today and probably could have played,” manager Dale Sveum said. “His back is better. It just got stiff and locked up. He had some discomfort down the leg so there is obviously something there with a nerve or whatever but today he was much better. Hopefully we’ll have him in there tomorrow, but if not the last day.”
After a slow start to the spring when he was batting well under .200 for the first 2½ weeks, LaHair had been red hot of late. He got his overall batting average over .300 at one point, but was batting .295 before play Sunday.
LaHair last played Friday against the Dodgers, the day the Opening Day lineup was revealed. He was in Saturday’s lineup when it was posted in the morning but his status changed before game time.