Molina Begins Rehab in Springfield

Cardinals catcher nears return from groin injury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Yadier Molina made his first rehab start Saturday at Hammons field in front of a sold-out crowd of Cardinals fans.

He caught for the first time since being hit in the groin by a foul ball on May 5. The injury sidelined him for three weeks before the Cardinals cleared him for baseball activities May 27. 

In his first game in Springfield, Molina caught five innings and went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Molina is also scheduled to start Sunday. After this two-game assignment, Molina said he hopes to be back with the team Tuesday against Miami, but remains unsure. The 35-year-old has come back from a handful of injuries in his 15-year career, but none compare to what he experienced last month.
"The first couple weeks was real pain," Molina told reporters after he left the game Saturday. "I couldn't move or anything. After the second week, it was starting to get better. Right now I feel 100 percent and I'm ready to go."

Before his injury, Molina was slashing .272/.292/.456, with six home runs, which is tied for fifth among National League catchers.

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