Yadier Molina underwent emergency surgery Saturday evening after he was struck in the groin by a tipped foul ball.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cards President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak, said Molina was dealing with a severe blood clot that required an immediate surgical procedure.
Molina was forced to exit Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the 9th inning after a 102-mph pitch thrown by reliever Jordan Hicks nicked Kris Bryant’s bat – deflecting directly into Molina’s groin area. The star catcher would not return to the game.
Here’s footage of the play:
Yadier Molina has exited the game. pic.twitter.com/ryrFmDc60p
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In 30 games so far this season, the 35-year old is batting .272 with six homers and 17 RBI.
Molina is expected to be sidelined for the next four weeks as he recovers from the injury. St. Louis is expected to place the catcher on the 10-day DL sometime on Sunday.
The Cardinals are currently in the top spot of the central division of the National League. The Milwaukee Brewers are just a half game back of the lead.