Molina has surgery after foul ball to groin

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St. Louis Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina underwent surgery Saturday night after being hit in the groin by a foul tip and is expected to miss a month.

President of baseball operations John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Molina underwent emergency surgery to treat a traumatic hematoma that required immediate attention. The Cardinals placed Molina on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Molina left Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the eighth inning after being hit in the groin when Kris Bryant tipped a 102-mph pitch from reliever Jordan Hicks.

“That was a bad one,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Those don’t necessarily feel better tomorrow.”

The Cardinals recalled catcher Carson Kelly and right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis and also placed right-hander Dominic Leone on the 10-day disabled list.

Molina, 35, is batting .272 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 30 games this season.

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