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.
“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.