After Yadier Molina underwent emergency surgery to repair a traumatic hematoma earlier this month, the Cardinals cautiously planned to be without their starting catcher for at least four weeks.
A few days shy from marking a month since the injury occured, Molina appears to be nearing his return.
Wednesday, a day after Molina posted a video to his Instagram of him doing just that. The video showed Molina in a batting cage, receiving pitches on one knee in full gear. Matheny said he's also been swinging, and indicated Molina could embark on a rehab assignment in the near future.
"He knows [his body] maybe more than anybody I've been around in the game. He listened to the doctors and was careful not to do anything he shouldn't do," Matheny said. "It looks like he's getting pretty close."
On the disabled list since being struck in the groin by a Kris Bryant foul ball on May 5, doctors required Molina to rest after emergency surgery later that night. Within three weeks, he was back with the club, popping up in the dugout at Busch Stadium during games. Molina began light baseball activities over the last homestand. Matheny said he's been completely cleared by surgeons since.
"I imagine he's going to be playing here pretty soon," Matheny said. "Now it's about repetitions and tolerance -- and [making sure] he's feeling pretty good."
Joe Trezza MLB.com