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La Russa Now Diagnosed with Shingles; Will Miss Tonight's Game at Wrigley

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Doctors may have finally diagnosed the bizarre rash and infection plaguing Tony La Russa's forehead and right eye.

Yesterday, the Cardinals manager visited the renowned Mayo Clinic where he was reportedly diagnosed with shingles. La Russa has been suffering from the ailment for at least four weeks. Shingles is a strain of the chicken pox virus that often hits people over the age of 50. Though it's not life-threatening, shingles is extremely painful and can result in blindness when it gets into the eye.

The Post-Dispatch reports this morning that La Russa won't join the team for tonight's series opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as he tries to recuperate. Third-base coach Jose Oquendo, pitching coach Dave Duncan and bench coach Joe Pettini will all share La Russa's duties.

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Amy
Amy

I SUFFER FROM SHINGLES, ON MY RIGHT EYE AS WELL!  I understand the pain that he is going through..  There's NOTHING more painful...

MandoMadMan
MandoMadMan

It's not at all a hard thing to diagnose once it really kicks in-your grandmother could do that-but sometimes the pain or itching like poison oak will begin before any rash is present. The Mayo Clinic is a bit of overkill at this point.

Common illness happen commonly and that's what you've got here, nothing exotic or unique.

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to a man who is a best friend to dogs and cats, Tony La Russa.

Matt F
Matt F

La Russa didn't want a diagnosis as he has avoided treating this at every turn. It appears he'd rather risk losing eyesight and/or spreading pox than simply shutting it down until this is taken care of. More evidence (along with Glenn Beck rally appearance) that La Russa is losing his mind.

katdowntown
katdowntown

jdub, that was me that guessed shingles. Wasn't much of a guess, that's what it looks like. I am amazed that it took 4 weeks for someone to tell him that's what it was.

Fred
Fred

Crap, maybe I should get that shingles vaccine after all.It looks terribly painful.Good luck, Tony!

jdub
jdub

Yesterday someone posted a comment guessing shingles. Nice work to whomever that was, and I now have a rash that I would like you to look at for me.

Shingleman
Shingleman

Sorry Dr katdowntown, shingles is not contagious. A simple search on your Google would have confirmed this...

Bubba Ho-Tep
Bubba Ho-Tep

Shingles is not contagious dildo breath.

jdub
jdub

Maybe the Cardinals cost cutting carried over to their medical plan.

Amy
Amy

If you come into contact with a person with an outbreak, and they've rubbed the blister and not washed their hands....YOU CAN CATCH CHICKEN POX IF YOU HAVENT HAD THAT........   

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