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Yadier Molina catches bullpen session for first time since thumb surgery

Aug 14, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11, it was estimated that he would miss 8-12 weeks. He already appears to be ahead of schedule.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com brings word that Molina has been cleared to begin some baseball activities. He started today by catching a bullpen session for the first time since surgery. While he still wore a soft cast on his throwing hand, he was also able to make some light tosses. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Molina “is feeling like he wants to push it,” but he’ll have to grip a bat and hit without discomfort before being cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.

Molina, who will be five weeks removed from surgery tomorrow, was batting .287/.341/.409 with seven home runs and 30 RBI over 83 games prior to the injury.

  1. westcoastredbird - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Hopefully he was catching Michael Wacha.

  2. docboss - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Question: do you risk bringing him back too early in the hope of salvaging the season (and maybe making the injury worse) or let him sit and try to steal a playoff spot, letting him heal?

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      They’ve got 2 weeks to still make the call on that, maybe 3. Picture will clarify by then. It’s not such a big risk as Wacha coming back too early, anyway.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        I agree with your first two sentences SG. The last one? No way.
        Wacha is a stud to be sure. But Yadi is the heart and sole of the team.
        It’s a huge risk if he comes back to soon and re-aggravates it.
        They have played like Fido’s ass all season long. No way I allow Yadier to come back to soon.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        I just meant that the bad thumb isn’t as big of a risk as a shoulder with a pitcher.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    sole = soul. Wow.

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