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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina, Michael Wacha

By on 8/12/2014 06:00:00 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals entered a series against the Miami Marlins on Monday with a record of 62-54, second place in the National League Central. A pitching staff that is 12th in the Major Leagues in ERA is trying to override a poor offense that is 29th in runs scored. But injuries to pitcher Michael Wacha and catcher Yadier Molina have not helped the Cardinals' cause. The good news is that both are improving and should return sometime for the stretch run.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on August 6 that Wacha, who is on the 60-day disabled list, started a throwing program on August 5 following an MRI which showed continued healing in his shoulder.

As reported by Jenifer Langosch of, Wacha is continue the early parts of his return-to-pitch program.  Although he hasn't thrown off a mound, he's had no setbacks. Wacha is set to have another MRI on August 18 and could begin throwing off a mound after that time.

Wacha, in his second Major League season, was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 15 games last season. This season, Wacha has started 15 games and is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA.  In 90 1/3 innings, he's allowed only 75 hits and 26 walks, while striking out 83.

As for Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb on July 9, he had a hard cast removed in favor of a splint which allows for increased mobility. Originally, Molina expected to begin more extensive rehab on his thumb after five weeks, which is approaching later this week.

Molina, in his 11th season with the Cardinals, is batting .287 with seven home runs and 30 RBI this season. The six-time All Star and six-time Gold Glove Award winner has a career batting average of .284 with 96 home runs and 576 RBI.

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