Concussion lands LaRue on disabled list

Concussion lands LaRue on disabled list

ST. LOUIS -- Jason LaRue continues to feel some symptoms from a concussion he suffered in Tuesday night's scuffle between the Cardinals and Reds, and as a result, he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Nick Stavinoha was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take LaRue's roster spot.

X-rays indicated that LaRue does not have any broken bones, though he is still dealing with significant bruising and soreness in his ribs along with the concussion. Rookie Steven Hill remained with the team as the backup catcher after he was called up on Wednesday.

LaRue admitted to still feeling "fuzzy" as a result of the concussion.

"I don't know how to explain it," LaRue said. "Even the doctor said, 'That's what everybody always says.' It's weird. There's really no explanation for it. 'Fuzzy' is probably the easiest way to say it. Lapses of concentration, stuff like that."

However, LaRue won't hesitate to take the field as soon as he's cleared. Despite the possibility of further concussions playing behind the plate, he is unconcerned.

"To me, it has no bearing," he said, referring to the concussion-related illness that ended the career of former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny. "When I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. I play the game because I love it, and when the doctor says I'm ready to go, I'm going to be ready to go. That's the bottom line. Yeah, unfortunately, being in the position that I'm at, the similar thing can happen. What happened to Mike can happen to me.

"But I can't control that. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. Only the good Lord knows what's going to happen. I don't know what my future is, and if that happens, it happens. So be it. I'm not afraid of that happening."