Andy LaRoche was benched for Class AAA Las Vegas for a second straight day after being optioned. Trainer Stan Conte said LaRoche was healthy enough to play and the decision to rest him was Las Vegas manager Lorenzo Bundy's.
"He wanted to go in," Conte said of LaRoche, who has recovered from thumb surgery and has been battling turf toe.
Barring an injury to another player, LaRoche isn't eligible to return to the majors for 10 days after his demotion. And Torre was noncommittal about whether or not a roster spot would presently exist for the rookie anyway, considering the play of Blake DeWitt.
"We have to wait and see," Torre said.