Jhonny Peralta Injury: Updates on Cardinals Shortstop's Thumb and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta throws to first after fielding a ball hit by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Minneapolis. Originally ruled an out, a replay challenge reversed the call and the play was an RBI hit. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta suffered a torn ligament in his thumb on March 5. It required surgery, and it is uncertain when he will be ready to play again.

Continue for updates.

Peralta Still Has No Timetable for Return

Monday, April 11

Chris Hrabe, host of Sports Open Line on KMOX in St. Louis, reported that Peralta visited with doctors in St. Louis on Monday and received a good report. Hrabe added that Peralta's cast was removed, and he is now wearing a splint. However, Peralta still has no timetable for his return and "will be reevaluated in a few weeks."

Peralta Comments on Recovery, Potential Return

Thursday, March 31

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted Peralta "was back in Cardinals camp Thursday to see the doctor and then begin some cardio work before he returns to St. Louis for the home opener on April 11." Hummel also provided comments from Peralta: 

“Everything is doing well,” said Peralta in a nearly empty Cardinals clubhouse on Thursday morning. 

“I don’t know when I’m coming back,” said Peralta, who hasn’t started any baseball drills yet.  “Maybe it will be earlier than what they think.”

Peralta Undergoes Surgery

Monday, March 10

Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reported Peralta went under the knife on Thursday and will be in a cast for four weeks. Saxon noted Peralta is "likely" to return around the All-Star break.

Peralta Has Been Important Contributor for Cardinals

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Peralta is about to begin his third season with the Cards, and the 33-year-old slugger was named to the All-Star team for the third time in five seasons during the 2015 campaign. He was also voted into the starting lineup for the first time in his career.

Peralta ended the season with a .275 batting average, 17 home runs and 71 RBI, and he was a huge reason why the Cardinals were MLB's top regular-season team with a record of 100-62.

His production did drop off significantly in the second half, though, as he hit just .243 with four homers in 25 RBI. Even so, he entered the season as one of St. Louis' key offensive players.

While Peralta's skills are undeniable, one of his most valuable attributes over the years has been his durability. He missed only seven games last season, and prior to the 2016 campaign, he had played in at least 146 contests every year since 2006, with the exception of 2013.

Peralta was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, but he has since managed to bounce back and remove himself from that dark past.

The talented shortstop has been embraced by the fans in St. Louis, and he is viewed as a huge piece of a potential championship puzzle for the Cards.

Losing a player of Peralta's caliber won't be easy to overcome, but with utility man Jedd Gyorko now in the fold, the Cardinals may be equipped to make due without Peralta until he is healthy enough to return.

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