I am very happy to report that Yadier Molina’s cast has been removed from his left thumb. on the other hand we just don’t know when he will return to the Cardinals to start the season. Molina was sidelined for the final two weeks of the regular season after injuring his thumb for the second straight year and was then limited to eight at-bats during the NLDS series against the Chicago Cubs. He underwent the first thumb procedure in October, but it was soon discovered he needed to go under the knife again.
He’s expected to miss most of spring training and the Cardinals braced for it by signing veteran catcher Brayan Pena earlier in the offseason. Still, the club hopes Molina can be back as soon as possible.”The cast came off. Obviously now it’s about gaining strength back,” Mozeliak told KMOX Radio in St. Louis, who first reported the news of Molina’s cast removal. “I really think in about two to three weeks we should have a pretty good idea if he’s on pace to be ready to go at the beginning of the season or not. But I think we’ve just got to be patient. But right now all arrows point positively, and that’s exciting.”