“He gutted it out for the games. But before the game every day you come in and ask `How you doing skipper?’ and you’re hoping to get a little better answer. But every day he would shake his head and say, `Not any better, not any better,’” Pettini said.
“So he’s been in agony and we’re very concerned and we’re hoping with this physical out at the clinic in Arizona that it’s going to figure out what needs to be done,” Pettini said. “If he needs to take some time, take the time or whatever.”
La Russa’s problem was initially identified in mid-April as conjunctivitis, an inflammation commonly known as pink eye. But last week he called his illness a viral infection.
“But obviously, since he’s been diagnosed with shingles, he’s also having that reviewed and meeting with a few different specialists just to see if there’s any way to relieve his discomfort,” Mozeliak said.
The illness appeared to improve cosmetically last week, but La Russa said it was still an effort to keep his right eye open.
“I’m not doing much,” La Russa said before a game then. “I had to shut it down because I just can’t hang in there. It’s hard to hit one-eyed.”
La Russa said managing games has been easier because of the adrenaline involved.
“You handle that better than you do before and after,” he said. “The game is not that tough, it just doesn’t bother you as much.”