Cards catcher retires

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, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue is reportedly retiring because of concussions.

LaRue told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is "done" after sustaining a severe concussion during an August 10 game against Cincinnati, when Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto kicked him in the head during a brawl.

LaRue, 36, told the paper he has suffered nearly 20 concussions during his athletic career. But the report said his latest was so traumatic that he was unable to drive, and was prone to severe headaches and nausea with only light activity.

While the story said LaRue can now drive and watch television, it added he cannot undertake strenuous activity. It said doctors advised LaRue that his next concussion could cause symptoms as bad as, or worse than, his current ones.

Considering that, and the fact that LaRue said he was likely to suffer another concussion -- as in the case of a foul ball to the head -- he told the paper the decision to retire was an easy one.

LaRue served as a backup to Yadier Molina this season, his 12th in the major leagues. A fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in the 1995 draft, LaRue broke into the majors in 1999. He spent his first eight seasons with the Reds before playing with Kansas City in 2007. LaRue was in his third season with the Cardinals.

In 922 career games, LaRue batted .231 with 96 home runs and 348 runs batted in.


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