Cards make changes to medical staff

ST. LOUIS -- Dr. George Paletta Jr., who served as the Cardinals' medical director and head team physician from 1998-2013, will return as the organization's head orthopedic physician in '17, the Cardinals announced on Tuesday.

Also returning to the medical staff is orthopedist Lyndon Gross, who, like Paletta, was let go when the Cardinals turned their player medical care over to Mercy Sports Medicine before the 2014 season.

Joining Paletta and Gross as team orthopedists will be Husam Nawas, Mahesh Bagwe and Julienne Lippe. Brian Mahaffey returns as the Cardinals' primary care sports medicine and Minor League liaison, and the club has added Alok Sengupta to assist him in that role.

Also returning from the Cardinals' 2016 medical team will be Josh Binek (internist) and Brandon Larkin (concussion specialist). Charles Rehm will join the staff as a Mercy chief administrative officer, and Adam Fedyk will serve as an independent vision consultant.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.