La Russa Sidelined for Five More Games as Cardinals Manager Recuperates From Shingles

Joe Pettini, interim manager
Joe Pettini, interim manager
The Cardinals announced last night that manager Tony La Russa will miss the remainder of the team's road trip this week.

La Russa had been expected to return to the team today after taking a day off Tuesday to recover from a nasty case of shingles (evidenced here) that's infected his right eye. On Monday La Russa traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona to meet with doctors. Under their advice, La Russa will miss the rest of the team's road trip to Chicago and Cincinnati this week.

In a press release issued late yesterday, the Cardinals say the absence from the ball club will hopefully allow for rest and for the medication to take effect. Bench coach Joe Pettini will serve as acting manager until La Russa's expected return May 16 for a home series against the Phillies.

The Cardinals managed a 6-4 victory against the Cubs at Wrigley Field yesterday in the team's first game without the Redbird's skipper at the helm.
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