PORT ST. LUCIE, FL. (KMOV.com) — Cardinal shortstop Jhonny Peralta had surgery in St. Louis Thursday morning to repair a torn ligament in his glove hand.
“He had a successful surgery,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He’ll be back here in a couple days.”
The prognosis is still unclear as far has how much time Peralta will miss, but the team has hovered around 2-3 months when asked about recovery time.
“I haven’t heard an exact date that I would feel comfortable passing around, but that’s been kind of that earmark date, 10-12 weeks. There have some people that actually said less, so we’ll wait to hear what the doctor says.”
Given the Cardinals’ emphasis on proactively preventing major injury, the team is unlikely to be bullish in rushing Peralta back. John Mozeliak spoke to reporters at the team's complex in Jupiter while Matheny and a chunk of the team were taking batting practice in Port St. Lucie. The GM said Peralta will be in a cast following surgery for 4-6 weeks to keep his hand stable and prevent any damage to the thumb. He likely will not return to the field until mid-June.
In the meantime, the competition for shortstop remains open. Aledmys Diaz will get another start in Port St. Lucie against the Mets, batting eighth. He went 4-for-4 in his last start. Jedd Gyorko got a turn at the position Wednesday and remains the presumptive favorite. Though inexperienced at short, he has the most power of any potential replacement and the team traded for him in the offseason for just such work.
Here’s the lineup for the Cardinals Thursday morning:
Wong 2B Piscotty RF Moss LF Adams 1B Pena C Pham CF Garcia 3B Diaz SS Hazelbaker DH Garcia P
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