Cardinals expect Jason LaRue to retire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals anticipate that catcher

Jason LaRue will retire.

Manager Tony La Russa says Sunday that he last spoke with the

36-year-old LaRue a few days ago. LaRue was kicked in the head by

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto after a fracas with the Cincinnati Reds

last month and is on the 60-day disabled list with a concussion.

General manager John Mozeliak says LaRue has not made a formal


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that LaRue, the backup

behind Yadier Molina, had decided to retire. The newspaper said

LaRue estimated he'd sustained "close to 20" concussions in his

athletic career including high school football.