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La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 6:12 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

After a week-long absence due to shingles around his right eye, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is returning to the dugout Monday night.

"Everything's better," La Russa said before the Cardinals began a four-game homestand with the first of two games against Philadelphia. "I'm just going to take the improvement, keep going and quit talking about it."

La Russa is feeling better, reportedly due to some pain medication he's been using.

"I just wish I'd taken pain medicine," La Russa said. "I went through all that agony for nothing."

Just in case anyone was wondering, he's at least feeling well enough to tinker with his lineup.

Albert Pujols will get the start at third base, reportedly at his own request (StLToday.com), a position he played two innings one game earlier this season but otherwise hasn't appeared since 2002. His last start at third was September 23, 2002.

The move enables La Russa to use Nick Punto at second base and Lance Berkman at first -- where the two are best suited -- while Allen Craig will man right field and John Jay plays center.

Some of the movement has been caused by the Cardinals' bad defense, others due to injuries. David Freese is on the disabled list, so third base is a makeshift situation. Rasmus is absent from the lineup for the second straight day.

The issue with Rasmus bears watching. He tweaked his abdomen last Monday lifting weights and the pain has reportedly increased since then, forcing him to sit out Sunday and then again Monday evening. He's had an ultrasound as the team doctors attempt to gather more information on what ails him. (Derrick Gould via Twitter)

Rasmus is hitting .305 with three home runs, 15 RBI and an NL-best 31 runs scored.

The Cardinals are 22-19 on the year and trail the Reds by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central after being swept in three games at Cincinnati.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:03 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:57 am
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

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Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:12 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

SOS LOL OMG WHOS CARES LOOKS LIKE HE FELL OFF A BAR STOOL



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:25 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

Shingles is a Jacked up ailment to have. As much as I can't stand La Russa's  demeanor ( grumpy old man type lol ) I kind of feel for him, and that photo does him no justice but at least he is taking the meds.. a little too late but better than not....
 Oh well maybe this will teach him to do what the doctors suggest



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:44 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

thanks doc



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:44 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

Thank you PeterKrop.  I have had chicken pox when I was a kid so I hope I don't get the Shingles!



Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:39 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

I'LL BE BACK! Tony La terminator



Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:33 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

Shingles is the chicken pox virus.  Anyone who has had chicken pox as a child can get shingles later on in life.  After you have had chicken pox the visrus stays dorment in the body and if it reappears it reappears as shingles which can be  very painful.



Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:57 pm
 

La Russa back, Pujols at third, Rasmus injured

Man I feel bad for LaRussa, his picture on here on CBS makes him look awful and I am sure he is in pain!  Shingles has got to suck!  Hopefully no long effects.  I don't know much about Shingles but they can mess you up pretty badly huh?

Albert Pujols at third base (at his own request!?!) that should be interesting to see.   


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