Molina, Wacha on comeback trail for Cardinals

The Associated PressAugust 25, 2014
Molina, Wacha on comeback trail for Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wears a brace on his right hand as he participates in ceremony before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, July 10, 2014, in St. Louis. The All-Star catcher injured his thumb sliding into third during the game on Wednesday and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right-hander Michael Wacha are ready for the next step in their return from the disabled list.

General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Molina and Wacha will report to Double-A Springfield this week to continue their rehabilitation.

Molina has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery. Wacha has been on the DL since mid-June with a stress reaction in his right shoulder.

Wacha will throw live batting practice with Springfield on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have managed to stay in the middle of the NL Central Division race without Molina and Wacha. St. Louis entered Monday night's game in Pittsburgh just 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee.