ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals were reportedly dealt a major blow Wednesday, when GM John Mozeliak told reporters catcher Yadier Molina underwent a second surgery on his torn thumb ligament, as first reported by Jenifer Langosch.
Yadier Molina had to have a second thumb ligament surgery yesterday. The first didn't take. That'll keep him out for most of ST. #stlcards— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) December 16, 2015
Molina damaged his thumb in a play at the plate in Chicago on September 20, tagging out Anthony Rizzo on a throw from Jason Heyward to preserve a St. Louis lead.
The perennial Gold Glove-winner was scheduled for surgery shortly thereafter, but was expected to return to spring training action ready to go.
This latest setback means he will miss most of his early work, and the scope of responsibility for newly-acquired backup catcher Brayan Pena will grow in the early months of the season.
Randal Grichuk also went under the knife, reportedly getting surgery to address a sports hernia.
Grichuk also underwent sports hernia surgery last week. Should have normal spring training.— Chris Hrabe (@chrabe) December 16, 2015
In other medical news, the club promoted Adam Olsen to head athletic trainer. Greg Hauck, who had held that role for five years, resigned at the end of the 2015 season.