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Monday, August 25, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha to start rehab this week

By on 8/25/2014 08:00:00 PM

With just over a month left to play in the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals are inching closer to getting back two huge pieces they may will need in order to catch the Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central. The Cardinals  announced that catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Michael Wacha will both report to Triple-A Springfield to begin workouts and rehab.

Jenifer Langosch of has confirmed the reports.
It is not clear, though, if Molina or Wacha will play in any Minor League rehab games since the Minor League season ends on September 1, but it is possible depending on how fast they progress early in the week.

Yadier Molina

Molina is recovering from thumb surgery to repair a torn UCL suffered on July 9. On August 21,'s Michael Radono reiterated that the Cardinals will not rush Molina back, but Molina's performance and leadership make him a huge factor in the Cardinals' chances to surpass Milwaukee. The Cardinals Injury Report says that he has started hitting in a cage and playing catch, and, as manager Mike Matheny stated, he is regaining strength in his hand.

Molina is hitting .287 with 7 HR and 30 RBI in 83 games. He last played on July 9.

Michael Wacha

Wacha is on the 60-day disabled list with stress problems in his right shoulder. He has thrown three bullpen sessions, and if he shows himself ready, he could pitch in a Minor League game before September 1. He last pitched on June 17 and has a record of 5-5, 2.79 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP in 15 starts. He showed himself ready for high-pressure situations by going 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five postseason games in his rookie season last year.

The Cardinals began play on August 25 1.5 games behind Milwaukee in the N.L. Central. They also hold a 2.0-game lead over San Francisco for the top wild card position.

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