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Mike Matheny heading to St. Louis for back procedure

Mar 9, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

Mike Matheny AP

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will leave camp in Jupiter, Florida to head back to St. Louis for a procedure on his ailing back. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch has the details:

The procedure, which is called a microdisectomy, will help alleviate the pain that has been caused by a ruptured disc. A fragment from the disc that is pressing against a nerve will be removed.

Matheny will miss the club’s games on Monday and Tuesday but is expected to return to Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday, which is an off day for the team.

In Matheny’s absence, bench coach Mike Aldrete will become the active manager. First base coach Chris Maloney takes Aldrete’s spot as bench coach, and Memphis Redbirds manager Ron Warner takes Maloney’s spot at first base.

Matheny, who has not only suffered from back problems but countless concussions as well, was in the news recently as an advocate for improving catcher safety.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Thank you for making a post just for paperlions. He needs it.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Matheny will be back in a moment.

  3. mungman69 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    And Larry Walker saw Satin? What the
    f¥€k was he smoking?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      I have had that happen to me before. I have entered a comment in one thread only to have it show up in the wrong place. Otherwise your joke is lame. As far as Aviles is concerned, his Red Sox team is not fond of him with good reason.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Purple Microdot.

  4. mungman69 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Really Satin saw Larry Walker in his eyes. Easter is on a Sunday this year.

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