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 to be a rough one," Matheny said prior to Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Asked about the possibility of needing a procedure to current the issue, Matheny said, "We're going to try the shot tomorrow and hopefully that will take some of the inflammation out and get the particle off the nerve and take out some of the swelling but if not I think that's something, yea, that we'll have to consider."
Matheny also dealt with a bad bout of food poisoning the past few days but that appears to have subsided. He missed Friday's game in Kissimmee against the Nationals but returned to the dugout Saturday....