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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has ruptured disk

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has ruptured disk

March 3rd, 2013 in News

VIERA, Fla. - St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has a ruptured disk in his back.

Matheny, a major-league catcher from 1994-06, is scheduled to have an epidural injection today to reduce inflammation and get a particle off a nerve. If the injection doesn't help alleviate pain, he said surgery would "have to be something we would consider."

Starting his second season as the Cardinals' manager, Matheny has had back issues for several years.

"I've had problems for a long time, off and on," he said Sunday. "I've been on a program to kind of strengthen it, but ... something set it off in a bad direction. I don't know exactly what it was."

Matheny did not travel with the team Friday to Kissimmee, citing back pain and food poisoning. He returned to manage the Cardinals on Saturday in Jupiter.