Tony La Russa to recover in St. Louis

Updated: May 11, 2011, 8:54 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Manager Tony La Russa headed back to St. Louis on Wednesday to recover from a painful bout with shingles, but he was still involved in what the Cardinals were doing at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

La Russa, who underwent tests Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, is scheduled to miss the remainder of the Cardinals' six-game road trip that wraps up Sunday in Cincinnati.

Bench coach Joe Pettini is running the team in La Russa's absence and said he'd talked with La Russa a couple of times Wednesday, once to go over the lineup for the game against the Cubs.

La Russa is to rest and take medication for his condition. He's been bothered by swelling in his face and sensitivity to light in his right eye. In his first game away from the team, the Cardinals beat the Cubs 6-4.

Chris Carpenter finally got his first win of the season Tuesday night and Albert Pujols had four hits.

Pettini and many of the Cardinals players were glad to see La Russa finally attend to what had become a painful condition.

"We were all kind of hoping he'd take the time [off]. He looked so miserable and stuff, just wanted him to get through it and get over it, get healthy again," Pettini said before Wednesday night's game.

"He left me a message last night. He said he stayed up on the game last night and all that stuff."

Pettini said he was encouraged by what he heard during his conversations with La Russa on Wednesday.

"When I called him he was on his way to the airport on his way back to St. Louis. He sounded better and he's taking all the medications that they've given him," Pettini said. "He's gonna go back there and keep up with that and get some rest."


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