La Russa battling tough case of conjunctivitis

News-DemocratApril 19, 2011 

— St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is battling an extreme case of conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, that has his right eye swollen shut and the right side of his face, including his forehead, swollen and discolored.

La Russa had several different types of medications on the table next to the desk in his office, and he said doctors have told him it could be 10 days to two weeks before the ailment goes away.

Before the media arrived in his office Tuesday, La Russa was lying on his couch with a wet rag over the eye.

"It's just irritating," La Russa said. "It's hard to get (the eye) open."

La Russa, who said he felt worse in Los Angeles over the weekend, was on the field for the Cardinals' batting practice.

"Actually, it just looks bad," La Russa said. "I'm not in a lot of pain. It just scares kids. Like bad makeup in a horror movie. I get a little weary dealing with it."

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