With fans chanting his name as he stepped into the batting cage, Yadier Molina took about 50 swings as he worked through two rotations of batting practice with the Springfield Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon.
“Everything went good, so tomorrow I’m in the lineup,” smiled Molina–adding that he will not only bat, but will be behind the plate for five to six innings.
The splint Molina had worn to catch previous bullpens in St. Louis was replaced by a smaller wrap of tape.
“Today was my first day working out–throwing to the bases, running, and everything,” said Yadi. “My thumb felt great.”
Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb on Friday, July 11th–forty six days ago. He now awaits eager players on the Arkansas Travelers to try and take a shot off stealing a bag against him.
“I hope they do,” stressed Molina. “I really hope they do so I can test my arm–everything. My feet, my footwork; everything. I hope I can catch them.”
The Cardinals return from their road trip on Friday to open a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs, Molina was unsure at this point how realistic a return by then could be.
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak, Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque, Director of Player Personnel Matt Slater, and Director of Baseball Administration John Vuch were among those in attendance to watch Molina’s workout.
Michael Wacha had not yet arrived, but is scheduled to pitch batting practice to Springfield tomorrow as well.