Yadier Molina C STL 8 Hrs

Molina (thumb) caught six innings and went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in a rehab game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Molina had a successful night in his first game since moving his rehab assignment to Springfield. It's not clear how many more rehab games he will need, but a return to the big club is not far off.

Yadier Molina C STL 20 Hrs

Molina (thumb) will play in a rehab game at Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

It's unclear if Molina will catch in the game or simply man the DH spot, but regardless, the Cardinals have to be encouraged that he's getting some at-bats under his belt. Molina could remain with Springfield through the end of the weekend before potentially rejoining the Cardinals as early as Sept. 1, when rosters expand. An activation at that time would be contingent on him coning through the rehab games without any pain in his thumb.

Yadier Molina C STL 3 Days

Molina (thumb) will move his rehab to Double-A Springfield, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Molina won't be appearing in rehab games immediately for Springfield, as he'll first be asked to participate in a full workout Tuesday before the Cardinals clarify his schedule. He'll probably need to play full, back-to-back games behind the plate in the minors before the big club will feel comfortable activating him from the DL.

Yadier Molina C STL 3 Days

Molina (thumb) is set to participate in a full workout Tuesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

If Molina is able to take some swings and field his position without any aggravation to the torn ligament in his thumb, he's expected to receive clearance to begin a rehab assignment within a few days. Molina is about seven weeks through the eight-to-12 week absence initially projected for him after he suffered the injury July 9, and it seems the Cardinals are optimistic about his chances of meeting the short end of that timetable.

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Molina took some light swings Wednesday, his first since tearing a thumb ligament in early-July, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Molina is making excellent progress and has gone without a setback thus far. If all continues to go well he could be back in the lineup in early September.

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Molina (thumb) expects to be cleared to resume swinging a bat next week, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

A day after catching his first bullpen session since undergoing surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament, Molina returned to the bullpen Friday for more work. He seems optimistic that he'll be cleared to ramp up his activity further next week, and while the team could always step in and pump the brakes, it sounds like Molina has a chance to beat even the front-end of his estimated 8-to-12 week recovery timetable.

Yadier Molina C STL 14 Days

Molina (thumb) caught a bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

It was the first time he donned the catcher's mitt since landing on the disabled list in mid-July. The team is optimistic he will meet the short end of the eight-to-12 week recovery timetable initially established for him, but it will be tough to get a true gauge of how well he's progressing until he takes part in more baseball-related activities.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Months

Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his thumb and will undergo surgery on Friday. He's expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which could put him out of the mix for the rest of the regular season. The Cardinals figure to look outside of the organization for insurance behind the plate.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Months

Yadier Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will undergo surgery.

Molina is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball, and now the second-place Cardinals are likely going to be without him for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Tony Cruz is starting at catcher in St. Louis on Thursday night against the Pirates, but the Cards might need to go shopping for an upgrade. Molina suffered the torn ligament Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Months

Yadier Molina will undergo an MRI on his right thumb to determine the severity of the injury.

Molina will undergo the tests Wednesday night, with the results coming back sometime Thursday. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some more light on how much time Molina might miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place in his absence.