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Cardinals' Molina having surgery to repair thumb ligament

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 15: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the dugout during a game against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on August 15, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 15: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the dugout during a game against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium on August 15, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is having surgery for a ligament injury to his left thumb.

General manager John Mozeliak says Molina is expected to be restricted from baseball activities for two to three months following Thursday's operation. He anticipates Molina will be ready for spring training. Mozeliak doesn't believe Molina worsened the injury by returning to the lineup for the NL Division Series.

Molina was hurt making a tag play in Chicago on Sept. 20. He played the first three games of the NLDS with a splint and a bat shaped more like an ax handle. He did not play in Game 4.

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