Mike Matheny at Cardinals Spring Training - February 22, 2013 By Bryce Moore
Michael Wacha throws some practice pitches as pitching coach Brent Lilliquist and head coach Mike Matheny watch. By Eric Lorenz
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay, right, talks to manager Mike Matheny during spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
Tampa, Fla. - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is out of surgery and doing well, according to general manager John Mozeliak and a tweet from Mike’s son Tate.
Matheny underwent back surgery Monday morning in St. Louis to remove a particle that had lodged against a nerve when he suffered a ruptured disc in his back. The Cardinals manager had been in severe pain for several days.
“As of now, he’s feeling great,” said Mozeliak. “What I think is important now is he has to take it slow over the next few weeks, probably for a month, but I do think he’s getting some relief from that procedure today. So that’s very encouraging. I hope to see him by the end of the week back in camp but know he’s going to have to be slow and smart about it.”
“God is good! Everything went well with my dads surgery he is done and doing well #blessed,” his son Tate, a freshman at Missouri State, tweeted around 10 a.m. CT on his Twitter handle @Tmatheny22.
Matheny’s daughter Katie also tweeted, “Everything went well with my dads surgery this morning..he is done and doing well! thank you for all your prayers! #Godisgood”
The second-year manager is expected to miss Monday and Tuesday’s games but return to Jupiter during the off day on Wednesday.