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Jason LaRue | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (44) / 3/19/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dallas Baptist (TX)
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 5 (0) / CIN

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Jason LaRue told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday that he will retire due to concerns over his season-ending concussion.
LaRue was kicked in the face multiple times by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during a scuffle in Cincinnati back in August. He's still experiencing headaches and nausea, something he likened to seasickness. "It's one of the hardest things in the world to explain," said the catcher. "You don't feel right. ... I'm done. It's a simple decision." The 36-year-old is likely to officially file retirement papers this offseason. He had a .231/.315/.396 career batting line over 11-plus seasons of professional baseball. Sat, Sep 18, 2010 10:28:00 PM

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Cardinals transferred C Jason LaRue from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

This means he really is done for the season. LaRue suffered a concussion when he was kicked in the head by Reds' pitcher Johnny Cueto last week. Barring a trade for a veteran, Bryan Anderson will continue to function as the primary backup for Yadier Molina.
Thu, Aug 19, 2010 01:25:00 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak didn't dismiss the possibility that Jason LaRue (concussion) could miss the rest of the season.

"I’m concerned. I don’t think we’ve crossed the bridge yet to determine if he’s going to miss the remaining part of the season," said Mozeliak. "But given the fact that we’re now 10 days out (edit: eight days) from that injury, it’s concerning. Right now I think we’re just going to let him have some rest and get away from this a little and he’ll be reevaluated early next week." LaRue suffered a concussion when he was kicked in the head by Johnny Cueto during a benches-clearing melee last Tuesday. As of now, Bryan Anderson is the primary backup for Yadier Molina.
Wed, Aug 18, 2010 02:51:00 PM

Cardinals placed C Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with a concussion.

LaRue took the brunt of Johnny Cueto's kung-fu action during Tuesday night's benches-clearing melee against the Reds. Steve Hill will function as the primary backup for Yadier Molina during his absence.
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 08:19:00 PM

Jason LaRue suffered a slight concussion from being kicked in the head by Johnny Cueto during Tuesday's benches-clearing incident with the Reds.

"We're facing an issue with Jason," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "He got clobbered in the head with their starting pitcher kicking. So he has a slight concussion and he has some facial tears there, and his and Carp's bodies [have abrasions]. We'll see how that's all handled." It's not known if he will require a trip to the disabled list, but even if he does, it's unlikely the team will be able to get a player to Cincinnati in time for Wednesday's matinee.
Wed, Aug 11, 2010 08:21:00 AM

Cardinals activated C Jason LaRue from the 15-day disabled list.

As expected. LaRue was 0-for-4 to begin the season before hitting the disabled list with a strained right hamstring on April 14. He'll resume backing up Yadier Molina, with Bryan Anderson going back to the minors.
Tue, Apr 27, 2010 04:51:00 PM

Jason LaRue (hamstring) expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when he becomes eligible on Tuesday.

LaRue said his injured hamstring had no problems as he worked out before Friday's game against the Giants. When activated he will assume the backup catching duties currently held by Bryan Anderson
Sat, Apr 24, 2010 08:22:00 AM

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Monday that he expects Jason LaRue (hamstring) to return from the disabled list early next week.

LaRue will meet up with the Cardinals in San Francisco later this week and follow them for the rest of their six-game road trip. He's been sidelined with a tweaked right hamstring since April 11.
Tue, Apr 20, 2010 09:00:00 AM

Cardinals placed C Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

LaRue tweaked his hamstring while running out a groundball against the Brewers on Sunday night. Bryan Anderson will take his place as Yadier Molina's backup catcher.
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 01:07:00 PM

Jason LaRue (hamstring) is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and Matt Pagnozzi is expected to be recalled.

LaRue suffered a strained right hamstring over the weekend and was unavailable for Monday's home opener. The Cardinals need a healthy backup and will make the transaction Wednesday if the 36-year-old LaRue is feeling no batter. As it stands, outfielder Nick Stavinoha is the club's emergency third catcher and would have to step in if Yadier Molina gets hurt.
Tue, Apr 13, 2010 08:43:00 AM

Jason LaRue will be reevaluated Monday in St. Louis after suffering a strained right hamstring Sunday.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspects that a roster move may be on the horizon, meaning LaRue is likely headed for the disabled list and Matt Pagnozzi could make his way to the bigs. That said, as long as Yadier Molina is healthy, no backup catcher in St. Louis will carry fantasy value.
Mon, Apr 12, 2010 08:32:00 AM

Jason LaRue will be the Cardinals' catcher on Opening Day.

LaRue had missed some time with a bone bruise on his hand, but started Saturday's exhibition with the Twins and looked fine. Yadier Molina took batting practice before the game, but the Cardinals feel he could use a little more time before getting back into game action. Still, with Molina expected to return within the week, LaRue isn't worth picking up.
Sun, Apr 4, 2010 08:28:00 AM

Jason LaRue (hand) returned to the Cardinals' lineup Saturday.

LaRue was hit on the left hand Wednesday by a pitch and sat out a few consecutive days to let the swelling subside. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI and played six innings Saturday against the Twins and could be asked to start behind the plate if Yadier Molina (oblique) is not ready by Monday.
Sat, Apr 3, 2010 08:01:00 PM

Jason LaRue (hand) expects to be available for Opening Day.

LaRue suffered a deep bone bruise in his left hand during Wednesday's game against the Mets. The good news is that he said he "absolutely" could play right now if he had to. Yadier Molina's status for Opening Day is still up in the air, so LaRue could end up getting the start behind the dish.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010 06:30:00 PM

Jason LaRue has been diagnosed with a deep bone bruise in his left hand.

It's better than the alternative, which would have involved structural damage. LaRue, injured this week on a collision at home plate, underwent a CT scan on Wednesday and could miss the start of the regular season. Bryan Anderson would serve as Yadier Molina's understudy in such a scenario.
Wed, Mar 31, 2010 12:28:00 PM

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2B1Kolten Wong
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SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
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3Michael Wacha
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5Luke Weaver
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4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
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8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Brebbia
11Austin Gomber
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