Posted March 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has a ruptured disk in his back. Matheny, a major league catcher from 1994-06, is scheduled to have an epidural injection Monday to reduce inflammation and get a particle off a nerve. If the injection doesn't help alleviate pain, he said surgery would "have to be something we would consider." Starting his second season as the Cardinals' manager, Matheny has had back issues for several years. "I've had problems for a long time, off and on," he said Sunday. "I've been on a program to kind of strengthen it, but ... something set it off in a bad direction. I don't know exactly what it was. Matheny did not travel with the team to Kissimmee on Friday, citing back pain and food poisoning. He returned to manage the Cardinals on Saturday in Jupiter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Matheny to receive treatment for ruptured disc

VIERA, Fla. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have an epidural shot Monday to try and help relieve severe pain stemming from a ruptured disc in his back. Matheny could eventually be forced to undergo surgery if the condition does not improve. The pain increased in recent days when the disc ruptured and one of the particles began pushing up against a nerve. "Today is going...

Cardinals middle infield situation in same muddled place

Last September, with shortstop Rafael Furcal out and fill-in Pete Kozma excelling beyond anyone’s expectation, the St. Louis Cardinals eked out the last wild card spot and came to within one win of the World Series. Fast forward six months and the club is in almost the exact same situation with its middle infield. Furcal’s elbow still has him sidelined indefinitely. Kozma remains...

Furcal suffers setback, stops baseball activities

VIERA, Fla. Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal suffered a recent setback while rehabbing from a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and has stopped all baseball-related activities. Furcal reported progress earlier in the week and had hoped to begin playing in the field as early as Saturday. But things changed later in the week and an MRI taken Friday revealed Furcal has an...

Cardinals trim three from spring roster

Courtesy: Cardinals Media Relations JUPITER, Fla. The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have re-assigned catchers Adam Ehrlich and Jesus Montero and infielder Starlin Rodriguez to minor league camp. All three players were non-roster invitees. Todays roster move reduces the number of players in camp to 55, however four of those players have departed for the World Baseball...

Furcal to gets second opinion on elbow

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is getting a second opinion on his ailing elbow. General manager John Mozeliak said Furcal would be examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews. The 35-year-old Furcal is out indefinitely after reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team elected to try rehab rather than reconstructive surgery in the offseason. The...

Furcal has setback in comeback from elbow injury

Rafael Furcal had hoped to make his spring training debut Sunday. Instead, the 35-year-old shortstop was told to stop baseball activities. Trying to come back from a torn ligament in his right elbow, the three-time All-Star has been told he must have additional medical tests. ''He's just not feeling good, kind of went in a bad direction,'' Cardinals manager...

Catching Up After 1 Week

Spring Training.  The Cardinals, like most teams now have a full week of games under their belts that you may or may not be paying attention to. If you like basketball or hockey, you're probably a bit out of the loop of what happened last week. So let's get caught up together. Biggest surprise?  Shane Robinson. He's batting .556 with 2 HR and 7 RBIs...

Rafael Furcal's elbow is not all better

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal was supposed to make his 2013 Spring Training debut in the field over the weekend. Now he may not be playing at all in 2013.  The veteran 35-year-old shortstop suffered a set back in the rehab of his partially torn ligament in his throwing arm and the news is obviously not good [via Fox Sports Midwest]:  "He's just not...

Nationals 6, Cardinals 2

Adam Wainwright struggled with location in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings. Kurt Suzuki doubled off the Cardinals' ace leading off...

Spring Training Continues on The Dovid Dobin Show

Today, we hit the NL Central. Can the Cubs start down the road to respectability? Will the Cardinals miss Chris Carpenter? Are the Pirates ready to put together a full season? And what impact does the loss of Houston have on expectations for the five teams that remain? Tune in at Eastern/2 Pacific and chime in on Facebook or @doviddobin on Twitter.

Injury provides Kozma, Cedeno opportunity

JUPITER, Fla. - Mike Matheny would gladly take the version of Pete Kozma the Cardinals saw in September and October if he's needed to play significant time this year with Rafael Furcal out. "I think anybody would," Matheny said. The 35-year-old Furcal has been shut down from all baseball activities due to renewed discomfort and pain stemming from a partially torn...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.