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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina, Jaime Garcia


By on 7/12/2014 01:30:00 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have lost their team MVP in catcher Yadier Molina for approximately two months and solid left-handed starter Jaime Garcia for the rest of the season. Molina had surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament, and Garcia had a rib removed to ease pressure on his nerves. Here is the latest update on each via MLB.com's Jim Hoehm.

Yadier Molina
Hoehm says that both surgeries went well. Molina suffered a right thumb strain while sliding into third base in the second inning of Wednesday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During the slide, he turned his thumb against the ground.



Molina caught the top of the third and then came out for pinch hitter Tony Cruz, who finished the game behind the plate. The Cardinals expect Molina back in mid-September, just in time for the final push toward a possible division title.

Hoehm quoted Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak discussing both players' surgeries. Mozeliak said this about Molina's:
"In Yadi's case, he obviously did need it. It was completely torn. Therefore, the recovery time is still what we talked about the other day, eight to 12 weeks, we'll see where that goes."
Molina was not the only player to suffer a thumb ligament tear on Wednesday. Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips did so against the Chicago Cubs also on Wednesday.

Jaime Garcia
Garcia had a rib removed from his left side to ease pressure on the nerves that are causing numbness and tingling in his arm and fingers, a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. Sports Injury Alert detailed the condition on July 5. Garcia is out for the season.

In the same conversation, Mozeliak commented on Garcia's procedure as well:
"In Jaime Garcia's case, the doctor also felt this was a surgery that needed to happen. Went ahead and did remove the rib and feels like he should receive a decompression, if you will, where the nerves were. It should help him."
The Cardinals enter play on July 12 one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central.

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