The left-handed swinging LaHair was not given much of a chance early against lefties -- and when he did get a shot, he was hitless in six at-bats with five strikeouts.
But he got red hot on the last road trip, batting over .400 in the six games, and combined with his late-inning home run against Cardinals lefty Marc Rzepczynski during the last homestand, he has been relieved of his righty-only status.
“He'll still have some days off against left-handers,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Today is, as much as anything, he’s swinging the bat well. All of his at-bats even lefties, even if there might not be a result, were quality at-bats. [Also],Capuano has been really, really good against right-handers, and not so good against left-handed hitters do that has something to do with it as well.”
Right-handers entered batting .188 against Capuano this season while left-handers were batting .318 against him.