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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.
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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.
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...
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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...
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...
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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...