St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will miss 8-12 weeks due to a ligament tear in his right thumb, which necessitated surgery to be done Friday.
Molina injured his thumb while grabbing third base in the second inning of the Cardinals 5-2 win over the Pirates Wednesday.
An MRI taken after Molina exited in the third inning revealed the extent of the injury.
The surgery will be followed by five weeks of healing before a rehab program.
The Cardinals hope that Molina will be able to return this season. However, the timing of the injury will keep Molina out of the All-Star Game, which he was slated to start.
Molina, who has started each of the team’s last 14 games, was batting .287/.341/.409 with 16 doubles, seven homers and 30 RBIs through 83 games. He also leads the Majors with a caught-stealing percentage of 49.
He has finished in the Top 4 in MVP voting each of the last two seasons.