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Yadier Molina gets cast removed after thumb surgery

Aug 11, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

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Yadier Molina has already been ruled out until September following mid-July thumb surgery, but the Cardinals catcher has made enough progress to have his cast removed.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Molina has now “been outfitted with several splints” and “one of them allows for increased movement.

There won’t be a timetable for his return until Molina is cleared to begin baseball-related activities, but at least he’s making progress while A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz fill in for him behind the plate.

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  1. cassi1125 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I hope that Yadi stays on the DL for the rest of the season. I’ve had a torn thumb ligament and the surgical repair was the *least* difficult part. (Getting the ligament(s) to stretch again and to be able to fold the thumb and then grip something without pain took much longer than I ever thought…)

    • bfunk1978 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      He should definitely be sure he can do important things like grip and swing a bat, and throw a ball for sure (right handed thrower, injury was to right hand). If he can’t do that stuff consistently then he shouldn’t be cleared, either.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Yep. No offense to this year’s team….but they haven’t shown that they are worth the downside of reinjuring the thumb and possibly compromising part of the 2015 season.

      • spudchukar - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        They are two games out of the best record in the NL. They have by far the easiest schedule, although Pittsburgh’s isn’t very challenging. And while I agree that they haven’t shown the ability to win on a consistent level, they are well positioned to make a run. Whether they have the stuff to accomplish that is a great argument.

        The trade has been disastrous to date, their is still reason for optimism. Taveras however, needs to sit. He will have plenty of time to play, if the Cards fail in next 3 to 4 weeks. He isn’t contributing. I feel bad for him, but right now he isn’t helping us win. And Masterson gets one more chance, before Martinez replaces him in the rotation. St. Louis has a golden opportunity and now isn’t the time to find out if players can play. There is time for that later.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        ESPN’s playoff odds (NOT division title odds, but playoff qualification odds) have the Cards at 51 percent. They currently have a negative run differential. Agreed with Lions; sorry, Spud. (Oh, they’re also 3.5 games out of the best record in the league. They’re 2 games out of the best record in the division, only.)

      • Paper Lions - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        I don’t hope they suck….I just haven’t seen the hitting or pitching come together to such a degree that I think any risk of bringing him back early is worth it. They haven’t been worse without him than they were with him, really. This team has just been boring this year. The hitting has been uninspiring all year….and now the pitching (which was fantastic before) is crumbling.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        On point Paper.

  2. yourcubreporter - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I thoroughly disagree.

    Aggressive rehab can only help. Why not start by helping out with the groundskeeping, then take some b.p. and fielding drills, and finish the gameday workout with some light concession work. Lots and lots of push-ups couldn’t hurt, either…

    I’m only thinking of the team on this. Really.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Look. The Cub reporter is thinking of the team! Lol! Great stuff.

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