MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair was held out of physical activities Tuesday because of continued tightness in his lower back, and he'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday as to his status for the club's season opener, manager Dale Sveum said.
Sveum said that LaHair's injury, which has held him out since Friday, isn't serious enough to merit DL talk, and he expects the left-handed hitting LaHair back by the weekend. The Cubs open the season Thursday against Washington before an off-day Friday.
"We'll see what happens on opening day," Sveum said. "He's getting better every day, so we'll just see with the treatment
and everything, but he won't be doing anything today. We'll see what happens tomorrow."
The 29-year-old LaHair used a strong finish to piece together a very nice spring for the Cubs, hitting .295 with a .410 slugging percentage -- though he didn't hit any home runs.
He clubbed 38 homers with Triple-A Iowa last year to go along with two more and a .288 batting average in 59 at-bats at the big league level.
Sveum said LaHair's range of motion is fine, but he'll have to overcome a shooting pain in his back. Asked if it would require some sort of evaluation in the form of an MRI, Sveum didn't seem too concerned.
"Once you've played for a long time, pretty much everybody's MRI will show something or some sort of a bulging disc, whether it's big or small," Sveum said.