Molina and Reyes Updates

(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will continue to rehab in Springfield (AA) over the weekend, but could be back on the active roster early next week.

“We’ve had really good communication with Yadi,” Shildt said. “I have, the medical team. He came back to St. Louis for two days prior to getting back to Springfield yesterday. Checked back out, felt great and really just probably the next couple, three days, stay with Springfield and get his at-bats, take advantage of the off-day on Monday and then more than likely look at him in Kansas City.”

In five games between Springfield and Memphis (AAA), Molina has a pair of hits (2-12) and five runs driven in as he recovers from a right thumb tendon strain.

The outlook is not as optimistic for pitcher Alex Reyes, who recently suffered a setback in his rehab from pectoral issues.

“He’s been seen and it looks like nothing’s changed dramatically, one way or the other,” Shildt said. “The good news is there’s nothing more significant. We’ve encouraged Alex to get another opinion, look at it, feel comfortable about it–which he will seek another opinion and that will be done soon.”

“Everything we’ve seen and checked out from our medical side it looks like there’s nothing–he’s just not recovered,” Shildt added. “He hasn’t taken the next step forward, but nothing has gone backwards.”

FOUR-MAN ROTATION FOR NOW

–As expected, with the additional days off in their schedule the Cardinals will skip the fifth spot in the rotation this time through. Miles Mikolas will start Sunday to conclude the Pittsburgh series and Jack Flaherty will start Tuesday in the opener at Kansas City. Michael Wacha will be available out of the bullpen, beginning tonight.

Mike Shildt also shared that the team is continuing to discuss the idea of using an “opener” once the fifth spot in the rotation is again needed.

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