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St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta suffered a left thumb injury that could keep him out of action for two to three months

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta suffered a left thumb injury that could keep him out of action for two to three months.

While fielding a ball in Sunday’s fourth official spring training game, St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta suffered a left thumb injury that could keep him out of action for two to three months.

During Monday’s television broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest, general manager John Mozeliak discussed the situation. He said the injury, a ligament tear, is similar to the one suffered by catcher Yadier Molina late last season. Peralta has been sent to St. Louis for further examination with surgery a likely outcome.

Mozeliak added that recently-acquired Jedd Gyorko has the capability to come closest to replacing Peralta’s offense, but he does not yet know about Gyorko’s defense at the position. Gyorko is primarily a second baseman. Other in-house options mentioned were Aledmys Diaz and Greg Garcia.

The GM said he would take the next three weeks to evaluate all options, presumably external ones as well.

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