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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina swings a bat

By on 8/22/2014 06:00:00 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals enter a weekend series tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies with a record of 69-57, second in the National League Central. At 28th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Cardinals will need to improve in order to keep pace with the Milwaukee Brewers down the stretch. One player who should help is All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who is progressing in recovery from a right thumb injury.

Our own Nathaniel Reeves reported on August 15 that Molina caught his first bullpen session since being injured, but has been able to take swings or throw a ball.

An update on Molina, as reported by Drew Silva of, is that he took swings in an indoor batting cage Wednesday at Busch Stadium. It was the first time since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb on July 9 that Molina has swung a bat.

Over the past week Molina has been taking infield practice and catching bullpen sessions. The Cardinals are hoping that Molina will be ready to return to the lineup by the middle of September. He must first go through simulated games and a possible rehab assignment without any setbacks.

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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