Expert: Molina’s Injury Rare in Baseball Players

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Lost for maybe the next three months.

Those are the shocking words Cardinals fans are getting used to, now that All Star catcher Yadier Molina is about to undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

SLU Care orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Karr at St. Louis University Hospital says this type of surgery usually takes about an hour, is typically done outpatient and involves using sutures to repair the ligament.

The thumb will then go into a brace or a splint for some period of time, but should heal nicely, says Karr.

“It typically takes anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks to recover from the ligament surgery in the thumb,” he says. “It’s going to be a gradual process as far as getting back to catching and throwing again.”

Kaar says this type of injury is rare in baseball players but seen quite often in skiers who have fallen on their poles and jammed their thumbs.

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