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La Russa to miss road trip with shingles

Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:34 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 11:46 pm
 
CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa doesn't miss baseball games.

He just doesn't.

This week, he has little choice. Suffering from shingles for the last month, the Cardinals manager will miss this week's entire trip to Chicago and Cincinnati.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said late Tuesday night that the Cardinals are hopeful -- but not certain -- that La Russa will return to manage the team during the homestand that begins next Monday against the Pirates. Mozeliak spoke to La Russa during the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cubs Tuesday, and made the decision in consultation with doctors.

La Russa was in Arizona the last two days for tests.

"They feel the best treatment is rest," Mozeliak said. "He recognizes it's for the best for him."

Staying away is tough for the hard-driven La Russa, and before Tuesday's game some Cardinals players were confidently predicting that their manager would be back in the dugout Wednesday night. But even as they said that, the players and the Cardinal coaches seemed relieved that La Russa had finally agreed to seek treatment.

Last month, when the Cardinals were in Los Angeles, they begged La Russa to go to the hospital, and he refused. He has continued to manage the team, even while those around him can tell that he has been in severe pain. The area around La Russa's right eye has been badly swollen.

"He's done an amazing job doing his job, but it's certainly not the same Tony," Mozeliak said.

Bench coach Joe Pettini will manage the team in La Russa's absence, and Mozeliak expressed confidence that the coaching staff could keep everything in control. He said that the team doesn't plan to call up any minor-league coaches, at this point.

Pettini talked to La Russa Tuesday afternoon, and it was La Russa's lineup that the Cardinals fielded Tuesday night. Pettini said he expects La Russa to continue making out lineups for every day that he's out.
Category: MLB
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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:49 pm
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:15 pm
 

La Russa to miss road trip with shingles




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:00 am
 

La Russa to miss road trip with shingles



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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:49 am
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Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:04 pm
 

La Russa to miss road trip with shingles

Give Patty a break all!!  She's probably a disgruntled Cubs fan with Shingles!  It doesn't get any worse than that! 



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:48 am
 

La Russa to miss road trip with shingles

I have to agree with Patty. Tony are you sure its not poision ivy burn baby burn. Put some ben gay on it.




Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:10 am
 

La Russa to miss road trip with shingles

Patty, did you fall out of the 4 planet alignment last night, or just crawl out from under a big rock?


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