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Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha are getting closer for the Cardinals

Aug 25, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

The Cardinals are just one game back of the Brewers in the loss column in the National League Central and they could be back to full strength soon.

Jenifer Langosch of reports that if all goes well during a full workout tomorrow, Molina could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday. When the veteran backstop tore a ligament in his right thumb on July 9, the initial fear was that he would miss the remainder of the regular season, but he now appears on track to rejoin the Cardinals for the final month.

Meanwhile, Langosch reports that Wacha is scheduled to throw live batting practice to Springfield hitters on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since mid-June with a stress reaction in his shoulder, but the Cardinals are hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch in September.

UPDATE: Even better news for the Cardinals here, as Molina will apparently begin his rehab stint on Tuesday:

  1. cincinata - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Well, that’s we need. No choice in the NL central. It is either Pirates or the cards. Milwaukee should be failing fast now.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Should be is not the same as is, on the Brew Crew. And the Bucs are behind both the Gints and the Barves for the 2nd WC.

    • maddog11896 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Should be failing? I think 140+ days in first place speaks for itself

    • 78mu - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      The Cards are -7 on runs scored/allowed. Based on their pythagorean expectation the Reds and Pirates much less the Brewers should be above them.

  2. gibbyfan - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Could make all the difference, Especially MW because Masterson is flat out not cutting it. Worth the gamble but just not working. Never would have thought any one addition could be more urgent than Yadi,but that’s where they seem to be right now

  3. montrealknowledge - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Need that injection of talent. These guys can’t win in the road, it’s killing me. They have the 2nd easiest schedule remaining, so they should make the playoffs, but I can’t see them winning a series in the post season. Come on Cards get it together.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Well, per Miklasz, and I agree, there’s another option. His last name is “Martinez.”

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        The time to start Martinez was directly out of the gate this season, the organization blew that decision.

        Carlos was bad out of the bullpen and even worse as a starter when given the opportunity after injuries hit before being demoted, his inability to get left handers out this year in has been quite alarming in either role.

        Bottom line for me, I think Martinez is better suited (right now) to come out of the pen and blow gas ala last year. Let someone else (either a dumpster dive, Lyons etc) fill the void until/when/if Wacha makes his way back if healthy.

        Give Masterson one more opportunity, if he fails figure it own from there when rosters expand.

  4. thedhneeds2go - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Who cares? Still hurt’n over losing Bradford for the year

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      PFT is a couple of websites over. Stay there until baseball season is done.

  5. maddog11896 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    All season long all everyone has been doing is doubting and hating on the Brewers, and all they’ve done is hold down 1st place in the NL Central for a franchise record over 140 days. I’ve been saying it since late last season, the Brewers are going to be good this year! Their only real trip-up was going into the All Star break. If not for those several losses, they’d easily have the best record in MLB. There starting pitching has been just as good as anybody’s lately, they’re in postseason for sure.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      I agree wholeheartedly Maddog. Your entire post…spot on.
      But what does that have to do with Yadier and Wacha potentially coming back?

      • maddog11896 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Haha kind of a reply to a comment earlier

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Lol! Gotcha’ My fault. I didn’t catch it.

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