Molina Moving Forward

After an encouraging appointment with doctors on Monday, Yadier Molina is getting closer to a full return to baseball activity.

“They did some imaging–they were happy with the way things are progressing,” General Manager Michael Girsch said. “By the end of the week, he’ll be taking swings is the plan if all goes well. From there, we start figuring out the timing on a rehab assignment and just start of march through all the process to get him back here. But it was a very positive, optimistic report from the doctors.”

Molina could wind up passing Marcell Ozuna en route to Memphis, as the outfielder had an RBI single last night in his first rehab game with the Redbirds. Before leaving for Memphis, Ozuna had estimated he might need only 2-3 games to be ready for his return to the active roster.

GOMBER AND REYES UPDATE

–The last time Austin Gomber appeared in a game was over two months ago (May 13) and it remains unclear when the lefty will be back in action.

“He’s had a long, slow recovery,” Girsch said. “He’s back started the throwing program after having taken another break…in the first week or so of it. So far, he’s feeling better this time. Things are going better and we’ll sort of see where it goes from there.”

Gomber has only logged 45.1 innings this season. While he will likely not be able to return as a starter, it is premature to count him done for the rest of the season.

“I don’t think we’re quite to that point yet,” Girsch said. “I think if this goes well, then there’s a chance he’s pitching competitively in a few weeks or whatever. Realistically, he’s probably not going to be ready to 100 pitches before 2020 but he could be back if this all goes well.”

Right-hander Alex Reyes also remains on the 7-Day IL at Memphis.

“I think Alex is a little farther ahead of Gomber in terms of having thrown a little bit more,” Girsch said. “He is rehabbing, he’s making progress in a throwing program and we just keep re-assessing every few days and see where he’s at.”

No date has been set for when Reyes will see live action in a game.

photo credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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