LaRoche, Walker on the shelf


BRADENTON, Fla. — Today’s workout will get under way without a pair of third basemen, Andy LaRoche and Neil Walker.

LaRoche is sitting out for the second straight day after having back spasms Wednesday. It’s a smart decision, since temperatures are in the high 50s with a stiff, chilly wind. “I could go today, but they don’t want me to risk it,” LaRoche said. “They told me they want me to on the field in May and June, not February.”

Walker is out with a stomach virus. He might try to do some light stretching later on today.