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LaRoche finds niche as utility man

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LaRoche finds niche as utility man · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

Andy LaRoche was back in the lineup Thursday, working his way back around the infield again.

LaRoche, who signed a minor league deal with the A's during the offseason, has turned out to be a valuable member of the club, and manager Bob Geren said that the utility man is making the team look smart for keeping him on the roster.

A day after making his first start of the season at first base, LaRoche was at third base. He's also started at shortstop and second. Third is his usual position, however, and the A's usual third baseman, Kevin Kouzmanoff has been struggling -- in an unexpected manner.

Kouzmanoff had four errors in the A's first 12 games, and while he was not in the lineup Thursday, he was on the field early to do drills with infield coach Mike Gallego.

He's not doing much at the plate, either, batting .171. His on-base percentage is .182.

LaRoche is batting .333, and he had the team's longest hitting streak, six games, end Thursday night.

Adam Rosales, the A's usual utility infielder, was examined in Los Angeles, and a CAT scan showed his surgically repaired right foot is 90 percent healed. He is on the 60-day disabled list, ineligible to return until late May.

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