Yadier Molina C STL 7 Hrs

Molina (thumb) was activated off the 15-day disabled list and is in the lineup Friday.

Molina was expected to be activated off the disabled list Friday, and that now appears to be the case. He will provide the Cardinals with some extra offensive punch and most of all, will provide them with a commanding presence behind the plate.

Yadier Molina C STL 1 Day

Molina (thumb) is expected to rejoin the Cardinals on Friday, when they begin a four-game series with the Cubs, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Molina appeared in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double while catching six innings. He'll be back behind the plate at Springfield on Thursday, and assuming everything goes smoothly, the Cardinals will bring him back in the fold for the final 30 games of the season. The team initially projected a eight-to-12 week recovery timetable for Molina when he torn a ligament in his right thumb July 9, but if activated Friday, he'll join the team a week earlier than anticipated.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 Days

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 3 Days

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 4 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 4 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.

Yadier Molina C STL 8 Days

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.

Yadier Molina C STL 14 Days

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 15 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.