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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