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Tony La Russa to have eye examined at Mayo Clinic

May 8, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will have the viral infection around his right eye examined at the Mayo Clinic on Monday’s off day, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

La Russa said before Sunday’s win over the Brewers that the condition, which has caused swelling and redness around his eye, has left him “miserable.”

“Day games are really rough, with the extra light,” he said.

La Russa plans to be back managing the club on Tuesday night if doctors allow it. One issue: the stress from his job might be causing the issue to linger longer than it otherwise would.

  1. Old Gator - May 8, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    I wouldn’t want to be around LaRussa when he’s miserable. He’s obnoxious enough when he’s happy.

  2. hank10 - May 8, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    For an allegedly very smart guy, LaRussa is being pretty stupid. Most infections be they viral or bacterial can be contagious. And he is potentially spreading whatever he has to the players and public.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM

      I have research documents here that suggest stupidity can be contagious, too. They’re printouts of Trailer Park Network pundits intervieiwing politicians and then sounding like idiots when they’re back in the studio. LaRussa and Pujols spent twenty minutes on stage with one of them last Summer, and look….

  3. Brian Murphy - May 8, 2011 at 11:55 PM


  4. purdueman - May 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Tony Balogna’s eye infection is caused for way too many years of overuse writing in double switches, which is the one passion he has that gives him a reason to live. Doesn’t matter whether or not the situation warrants a double switch, because La Russa makes one EVERY time! Just another reason for the NL to have to implement the DH as Bud’s final act as commissioner, acting in “the best interests of baseball!”

  5. BC - May 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Hope its not glaucoma and just a blocked tear duct or a touch of pink eye.

  6. spudchukar - May 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    It’s okay, he sees more through one eye than all the other managers do through two.

  7. cardnalfan123 - May 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    It has been reported that Tony L. facial infection is the Shingles. The adult form of chickenpox and it gets much worse with stress. It can be physical, emotional, or illness that exacerbate these symptoms. It is extremely painful and there are few drugs to treat it directly. It’s a testament to TLR that he still manages with this illness, knowing that your skin feels as if it on fire. Thanks Tony!!!

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