Catcher Brad Ausmus has had back problems before, but the one that now has him on the disabled list for the first time in his career also has him concerned more than ever.
Ausmus had an epidural injection Monday, but he still had pain, still can't get a decent night's sleep and still can't sit in a chair for any long period.
"I'm hoping to have some positive effect from the injection in the next 24 to 48 hours," said Ausmus. "I am more concerned this time. Numbness means a nerve is being pushed, and when a nerve is pushed, it could be damaged. I've never had pain down the leg or numbness, so I'm concerned."
Turning 41 in May, Ausmus knows that if the problem doesn't respond to conservative therapy like an injection, then surgery would likely happen, and this figured to be his final season, anyway.
"You'd hate for it to end like this," he said.