TODAY   |  February 11, 2014

Lauer to fill in for Costas due to eye infection

Bob Costas announced on TODAY that he will be taking the day off from Olympic coverage, calling in Matt Lauer from the "bullpen," to fill in for him due to an ongoing eye infection.

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>> saw him at breakfast this morning. you've got to feel for the guy. it really -- he is a trooper. and as a matter of fact, he's such a trooper, he had someone else dial the phone for him and he's joining us right now. bob, how you doing, bud?

>> well, even worse than when you saw me this morning sochi time. reluctantly, i was trying to throw a complete game here. but i think we're going to have to go to the bullpen. and i don't know if you're aware of this, or not, but you're mario rivera at least tonight.

>> so i'm going to step in for you tonight? the master at olympic prime time ?

>> i believe that's it. and let's hope it's only tonight. because right now i'm walking around -- i might as well be playing marco polo . i have no idea where i am.

>> bob, do you have any trivia, olympic trivia you want to quiz matt with to make sure he's prepared to take your place this morning?

>> just remember, tatyana and maksim, there's your russian dancing pair. after that, you're on your own.

>> all right.

>> that's perfect. and remember, by the way, i'll be doing the shots of vodka starting in about 15 minutes . bob, most importantly, feel better.

>> i know you're in a little pain now, bob. we were talking this morning. and just feel better, please.

>> thanks, al. thanks, matt. thank you, savannah.