Mike Matheny has been dealing with back problems and the Cardinals manager revealed yesterday that doctors found a ruptured disc that may require surgery.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch “the rupture has created loose particles near his spine that are pressing against the nerve and causing numbness to shoot into his leg.”
For now he’ll get an epidural injection and keep working through the discomfort, but surgery looms for the former catcher who went 88-74 in his first season replacing Tony La Russa.
The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month.
La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when the club fired his hand-picked general manager Dave Stewart and brought in Mike Hazen to run the club a year ago. La Russa was stripped of his powers, but was told he could hang around as an advisor. Most didn’t think he’d actually take the club up on that offer, but he did. By all accounts he was a pretty unobtrusive presence around the team this year, offering counsel and insight when asked but not making things awkward the way having the old boss around might do.
I suppose that can only last so long, however. The Dbacks had considerably more success without La Russa in charge in 2017 than they had with him in charge the previous couple of years. At some point you just part ways. That point is now.