St Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta could be sidelined for two to three months after injuring his left thumb.
Peralta suffered the injury when fielding a ground ball during his side’s exhibition game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Following an MRI scan, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that it appeared that Peralta may have torn his ulnar collateral ligament, but the 33-year-old will get a second opinion in order to be certain what the injury is.
“We did take an image of it and it does look like it’s been torn,” Mozeliak told reporters on Monday. “The severity of that is still something that is being discussed, but the initial read is not positive.
“He felt some discomfort, but he certainly didn’t think it would be to this level.”
Prior to signing a replacement shortstop, Mozeliak revealed that the Cardinals will wait to see what the verdict of the second opinion is.
“The outcome of the second opinion will dictate whether we have to look outside,” Mozeliak said. “Right now it would be all hands on deck unless there was an outside solution we would consider.”
Last season, Peralta batted .275, which included 17 home runs and 71 RBIs.