Mike Matheny at Cardinals Spring Training - February 22, 2013 By Bryce Moore
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 19, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) By Mike Ehrmann
Michael Wacha throws some practice pitches as pitching coach Brent Lilliquist and head coach Mike Matheny watch. By Eric Lorenz
VIERA, Fla. – Cardinals manager Mike Matheny continues to deal with severe pain stemming from a ruptured disc in his back that could eventually force him to have surgery.
Matheny will have an epidural shot Monday to try and help relieve the pain, which intensified severely the past few days.
“Today is going to be a rough one,” Matheny said prior to Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals.
“I’m glad they found out what’s going on. It was actually a ruptured disk and one of the particles is in there pushing up against a nerve so that helps explain it a little better.”
Asked about the possibility of needing a procedure to current the issue, Matheny said, “We’re going to try the shot tomorrow and hopefully that will take some of the inflammation out and get the particle off the nerve and take out some of the swelling but if not I think that’s something, yea, that we’ll have to consider.”
Matheny also dealt with a bad bout of food poisoning the past few days but that appears to have subsided. He missed Friday’s game in Kissimmee against the Nationals but returned to the dugout Saturday.
“I didn’t know what it was but I think they all knew some of the symptoms and with my leg kind of going numb and that sort of stuff that it was something more than just a bulge,” Matheny said.
“It’s been bothering me for a while. I’ve had problems for a while, a long time off and on and been put on a program to kind of strengthen it but something set it off and sent it in a bad direction. I don’t know exactly what it was.”
Matheny said he has a friend that’s a back specialist and knows of a couple doctors at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis that are “highly respected in that area so they are sending them over some information.”