St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Brad Penny, left, talks with catcher Jason LaRue (21) in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals anticipate that catcher Jason LaRue will retire. Manager Tony La Russa says Sunday that he last spoke with the 36-year-old LaRue a few days ago. LaRue was kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto after a fracas with the Cincinnati Reds last month and is on the 60-day disabled list with a concussion. General manager John Mozeliak says LaRue has not made a formal decision. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that LaRue, the backup behind Yadier Molina, had decided to retire. The newspaper said LaRue estimated he'd sustained "close to 20" concussions in his athletic career including high school football.