Cesar Hernandez needs season-ending thumb surgery

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Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez has been diagnosed with ligament damage in his left thumb and will undergo season-ending surgery, the team announced.

Hernandez suffered the injury during a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in Sunday’s game.

Hernandez got the first extended opportunity of his career filling in for Chase Utley at second base and posted good first-half numbers, but the 25-year-old switch-hitter has cooled recently and finishes the season hitting just .272 with one homer and a .687 OPS in 127 games.