Peralta undergoes thumb surgery

St Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.

Peralta tore a ligament in his thumb when fielding a ground ball during the Cardinals’ exhibition game against the Miami Marlins last Saturday.

Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny said that Peralta will join his team-mates at their spring training site in Jupiter, Florida in the next few days and added that the medical team will speak to surgeon Dr. Charlie Goldfarb about when the 33-year-old can make his comeback.

Peralta is set to have his thumb in a cast for the next four to six weeks, according to general manager John Mozeliak.

“After that, it will be just gaining flexibility and strength,” Mozeliak told reporters. “After that, we’ll see how quickly he can hit.”

Even though Peralta will miss the start of the 2016 MLB season, Mozeliak said that the Cardinals have no intention of bringing in a replacement for the man from the Dominican Republic.

“You know, there’s been some activity on that but as you can imagine, in this line of work, it’s sort of referred to as ambulance chasing,” he said. “For us, it’s again, let’s understand what we have.”