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Matheny to have surgery, miss couple of games

JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will fly back to St. Louis after Sunday's game and undergo a minor back procedure on Monday morning. The procedure, which is called a microdiscectomy, will help alleviate the pain that has been caused by a ruptured disc. A fragment from the disc that is pressing against a nerve will be removed.

Matheny will miss the club's games on Monday and Tuesday, but is expected to return to Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday, which is an off-day for the team. During his absence, Mike Aldrete will serve as the team's acting manager. First-base coach Chris Maloney will move into the role of bench coach. Triple-A manager Ron "Pop" Warner will coach first base.

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The Cardinals are hopeful that this procedure will provide long-term relief for Matheny, who has been dealing with back pain throughout Spring Training. The second-year manager received temporary relief from an epidural shot on Monday, but that had worn off over the last few days.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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