Molina is scheduled to catch five innings today with the Springfield Cardinals (AA) of the Texas League. Should all go as scheduled, the All-Star catcher will be with the St. Louis Cardinals when they take on the Chicago Cubs in a series this weekend.
“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous.”
With Michael Wacha also rehabbing in Springfield, the Cardinals front office had several personnel making the trip to Springfield: John Mozeliak, Gary LaRocque, Matt Slater, John Vuch and Moises Rodriguez.
Molina last played on July 9 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was injured on a slide. At the time, Molina was expected to miss eight to twelve weeks following surgery. This Friday will mark his seventh week.
With rosters expanding on Monday, a move would have to be made on the 25-man roster and it will probably be a pitcher taken off the roster rather than a position player.