St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire stands behind a batting cage as he works with Cardinals players during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire's wife is due to deliver triplets and he'll be away from the team for a few days.
Manager Tony La Russa said after Monday's 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that it was McGwire's last day with the team for a "day or two." La Russa said McGwire got a round of applause in the clubhouse after the game.
McGwire's wife, Stephanie, is from Glen Carbon, Ill., near St. Louis, and the family is living there during the season.
During McGwire's absence the team's second hitting coach, Mike Aldrete, will likely take on added responsibility.
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