The St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who left Sunday’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left hand, which is Molina’s glove hand.
While losing Molina for any stretch of time is going to be a blow for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that has already secured a spot in the playoffs are hopeful that Molina can return before the end of the regular season. The return of Molina would help the Cardinals stave off the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs as they are looking to maintain their hold their lead of the NL Central.
The fact that the ligament is only partially torn is something that Cardinals management and fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it is practically a guarantee that Molina will be back for the playoffs at the very latest.
“I think this is sort of the best news we could hope for,” general manager John Mozeliak said Monday.
Molina is set to be reevaluated next week and could see his return sooner rather than later depending on how he heals over the next week or so.
In other good news for the St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright has been cleared for baseball activities for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles tendon back on April 25th. There is a chance Wainwright could be ready to go and help the Cardinal’s bullpen by the time the playoffs roll around.
“I’ve been watching him throw bullpens and watching him strut around,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s been telling everybody this was going to happen, so I don’t know why we’re surprised.”
Despite the injuries the Cardinals have suffered throughout the course of the season, not just to Molina and Wainwright, but also to outfielder Matt Holliday, and first baseman Matt Adams as well, the Cardinals still find themselves leading not just the NL Central division, but also the entirety of Major League Baseball.
For the Cardinals, the injury to Molina is just another hurdle the Cardinals will have to overcome if they want to continue to push forward down the stretch of the regular season, and make a strong run into the playoffs.