Photos: Tony LaRussa’s Cyborg Face & His Battle With Shingles

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At least we finally know what’s going on with Tony LaRussa’s face. St. Louis media is reporting that Tony is battling shingles and the rash has left him looking like an Avatar cyborg most of the season and will now shut him down for tonight’s game in Chicago.

La Russa, 66, underwent an annual physical Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., that included an examination of a viral condition, shingles, that has plagued him for more than four weeks.

Special attention was paid to his right eye, which has resisted antibiotics and remains swollen and extremely painful. The condition has left La Russa extremely sensitive to light and fatigued.

Nope, never been big fans on LaRussa, but how can’t you sorta respect a man at his age going in front of the media each day looking like he’s been beaten in a street fight.

The evolution of the Cardinals’ skipper’s face over the last four weeks is quite frightening.

First let’s define shingles, via government sources:

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. After you get chickenpox, the virus remains inactive (becomes dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in these nerves years later.

As crazy as the symptoms and issues sound, LaRussa “declined to take medication to alleviate pain” according the the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One look at these photos and a *slow clap* for this warrior.

[Tony LaRussa - Twitter]

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