LaRoche’s back improves after leaving game Saturday

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Adam LaRoche left the White Sox’ Cactus League game with a back spasm Saturday. He is day to day. AP

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Designated hitter Adam LaRoche, who left the White Sox’ Cactus League game against the Kansas City Royals with a back spasm Saturday, received more treatment Sunday but did not need an MRI, the Sox said.

LaRoche, 36, who is looking to bounce back from a disappointing first season with the Sox in which he batted .207 with 12 homers and 44 RBI, made significant improvement Sunday, a Sox spokesman said, and has no nerve damage. LaRoche is day to day.

The Sox are counting on LaRoche to rebound from last season, his first as a DH since coming over from the National League, and provide a left-handed presence in the middle of their lineup. He was signed for two years and $25 million before the 2015 season.

LaRoche homered inside the right-field foul pole in his first game against Indians left-hander Ross Detwiler on Friday, and after the game manager Robin Ventura talked up LaRoche’s swing and fitness level.

The Sox host the San Diego Padres Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

Here is their lineup:

Eaton DH

Lawrie 2B

Abreu 1B

Frazier 3B

Cabrera LF

Rollins SS

A. Garcia RF

Avila C

May CF

Rodon P

Former Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting third for the Padres.

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