St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina underwent a second surgery to address a ligament injury to his left thumb on Wednesday.

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Molina to Miss Most of Spring Training

Wednesday, December 16

Jenifer Langosch of provided the latest news on Molina’s status, indicating the initial operation “didn’t take.”

Molina was initially expected to be restricted from baseball activities for two to three months after hurting himself in a September 20 game against the Chicago Cubs while applying a tag at home plate.

The 33-year-old veteran has been an All-Star in each of the past seven seasons and has been instrumental to St. Louis’ winning culture. Manager Mike Matheny has little reason to rush Molina back into the lineup.

The Cardinals have already upgraded depth at Molina’s position through free agency by signing Cincinnati Reds switch-hitter Brayan Pena to a two-year contract. There’s a complete enough team in place from last year’s 100-win club to bring Molina along at a cautious pace.

With the experience he has under his belt, his consistent production and leadership in the clubhouse, Molina can afford to take as much time as is necessary to fully recover for the long regular season.

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