MIAMI – Bryan LaHair admitted that he is still feeling the effects of a nerve injury he experienced toward the end of spring training that forced him to miss Opening Day.
Despite being back in the lineup for nearly two weeks, LaHair said that his right leg still is not back to full strength. The nerve issue actually started in his back but shot pain up and down his right leg.
As a left-handed hitter, though, discomfort in his right leg is less of a concern than if it was the other leg.
"If it was my left leg I don't know if I would be playing right now," LaHair said. "The back leg is pretty important. Although it might be helping me to hit because I'm landing softer on my front side. Who knows? It's all a work in progress and moving forward."
If there is anywhere it affects him it's on defense where his lateral movement isn't at its best. He certainly hasn't had a problem at the plate, entering Thursday's game with a .360 batting average with a pair of home runs and six RBIs.
"It's preventing me from moving the way I want to, but it's getting better," he said. "I'm starting to increase my range, working before the game and after the game and I'm getting to the bag quicker. It will just be a matter of time before I'm playing defense how I want to."
He seemed to be feeling better than he has in some time Thursday by flashing some aggressive base running. He beat out throws to both third base and second base in the early innings.