St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan (L), shown here during a July 10 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, has taken a leave of absence from the team to be with his wife as she recovers from surgery.
The man who's been at the right hand of Tony LaRussa for most of LaRussa's managing career is taking an extended leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals.
The team announced today that pitching coach Dave Duncan's wife underwent major surgery on August 21 and will require additional tests and rehabilitation. Duncan asked to stay with his wife during that period. No date's been set for his return.
Here's the rest of the statement from the St. Louis Cardinals:
St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus (L) is shown celebrating a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros with right fielder Skip Schumaker at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 26, 2011. The Cardinals have traded Rasmus to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The St. Louis Cardinals have traded outfielder Colby Rasmus and three other players in a three-team deal that gives them pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski.
The deal announced Wednesday also gives the Cardinals outfielder Corey Patterson and three players to be named later or cash considerations. Besides Rasmus, Toronto also gets pitchers P.J. Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet from the Cardinals.