Yadier Molina to have second thumb surgery, miss most of spring training

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This is not good news: Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to have a second thumb ligament surgery yesterday, as the first one was not, ultimately, successful.

The Cardinals had been optimistic regarding Molina’s status following the September injury, characterizing it as a “slight tear” and resting him with the hopes of him returning to the playoffs. And he did return, playing in three NLDS games against the Cubs, though never looking comfortable or effective. The October surgery had initially been called a success, as almost all surgeries are, but that’s obviously not the case.

The Cardinals recently acquired Brayan Pena as Molina’s backup. They’re gonna need him.