Tuesday, May 10, 2011
La Russa Now Diagnosed with Shingles; Will Miss Tonight's Game at Wrigley
By Chad Garrison
on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM
bizarre rash and infection
plaguing Tony La Russa's forehead and right eye.
Yesterday, the Cardinals manager visited the renowned Mayo Clinic
where he was reportedly diagnosed with shingles
. La Russa has been suffering from the ailment for at least four weeks. Shingles is a strain of the chicken pox virus
that often hits people over the age of 50. Though it's not life-threatening, shingles is extremely painful and can result in blindness when it gets into the eye.
The Post-Dispatch reports
this morning that La Russa won't join the team for tonight's series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as he tries to recuperate. Third-base coach Jose Oquendo, pitching coach Dave Duncan and bench coach Joe Pettini will all share La Russa's duties.
Doctors may have finally diagnosed the