MILWAUKEE -- Mitchell Boggs finally has an answer as to why he's battled recurrent back pain for more than a year. The Cardinals reliever has a bulging disc in his back.
And while that's a significant condition, Boggs actually gained a measure of relief from the recent diagnosis. He believes that he can manage the condition going forward, and for the most part avoid the occasional setbacks that have at times left him unavailable to pitch. He has been given a set of exercises he must perform in order to keep the situation in line.
"That's what they told me," Boggs said. "It's something that we need to pay attention to, but if we stay on top of it and do the things that they tell me to do, then we won't have any problems."
Manager Tony La Russa said Monday that he considered Boggs fully available to pitch Monday night. Boggs had been out of commission over the weekend, a result of the injury.
"As long as he does his exercises religiously, I think he should be OK," La Russa said.