St. Louis Cardinals medical staff to be provided by Mercy


It’s the end of an era for the St. Louis Cardinals as Dr. George Paletta and Dr. Lyndon Gross will no longer serve as the team doctor.

The change comes as Mercy Sports Medician physicans will be providing comprehensive care to the team. Their model is “a multi-specialist approach to team care that emphasizes innovation and cutting edge treatment under a seamless, single care umbrella” according to a team release.

“The Mercy Sports Medicine model allows us to improve the level of innovative care available to our team by tapping into a remarkable team of physicians who are leaders in sports medicine,” John Mozeliak said in a statement. “The biggest change I see with the approach is that it is truly a team model – a model that leverages the strengths of multiple physicians within the Mercy Sports Medicine group. This is a strategic plan that will handle our short-term needs, but also focus on long-term goals.

“While we move to this new model, we want to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Paletta and Dr. Gross for the outstanding care they have provided our players over the years.”

The Mercy team is fully staffed with doctors that have training in orthopedics, shoulder and knee surgery as well as a concussion specialist.

Mercy will also be providing care for the entire Minor League organization. Any necessary surgeries will be performed at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Second opinions on players will also be done by the Mercy team.