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Yadier Molina hopes to resume swinging this week

Aug 19, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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Great news here for the second-place Cardinals.

Injured catcher Yadier Molina told Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest on Tuesday afternoon that he is hoping to be cleared to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday. Molina has been catching bullpen sessions and taking light infield practice over the past week without experiencing any abnormal discomfort in his surgically-repaired right thumb.

Molina has been on the disabled list since tearing a ligament in his thumb on a slide into third base July 9. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz have been filling in at catcher for the Cardinals, who are 2 1/2 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central standings. St. Louis has a pretty firm grip on the top National League Wild Card spot here in mid-August.

Molina, a six-time Gold Glove Award winner and six-time National League All-Star, appears to be progressing toward an early-September return. Young starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) isn’t too far behind him.

  1. 18thstreet - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Resume swinging. Hehe.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Glad I wasn’t the only one that thought that based on the headline.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Hey, c’mon, he’s no Carlos Martinez.

  2. yahmule - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I’ve never seen them at any of the clubs.

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