ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras underwent season-ending ankle surgery on Wednesday, during which a doctor cleaned up cartilage and repaired ligament damage.
The surgery had been scheduled a week ago after Taveras' most recent attempt to begin baseball activities stalled due to continued discomfort in his right ankle. He had been bothered by the injury since it occurred in a Triple-A game on May 12.
General manager John Mozeliak said that Taveras will wear a boot or cast on his right foot for the next eight weeks, after which the 21-year-old outfielder will begin physical therapy. That timeline almost certainly rules Taveras out for any exposure in winter ball, though the Cardinals do expect Taveras to be able to prepare fully for the 2014 season.
"Everything looks like he'll be ready to go by Spring Training, so that's encouraging," Mozeliak said. "I spoke with our medical staff, and they really felt like this was the best option for him."
Taveras, who was expected to be in the Majors before the end of 2013, was instead limited to 46 games in Triple-A this year. The outfielder batted .306 with a .341 on-base percentage and .462 slugging percentage. Taveras drove in 32 and scored 25 runs.
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