The Cardinals are just one game back of the Brewers in the loss column in the National League Central and they could be back to full strength soon.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that if all goes well during a full workout tomorrow, Molina could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday. When the veteran backstop tore a ligament in his right thumb on July 9, the initial fear was that he would miss the remainder of the regular season, but he now appears on track to rejoin the Cardinals for the final month.
Meanwhile, Langosch reports that Wacha is scheduled to throw live batting practice to Springfield hitters on Wednesday. The 23-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since mid-June with a stress reaction in his shoulder, but the Cardinals are hopeful that he’ll be able to pitch in September.
UPDATE: Even better news for the Cardinals here, as Molina will apparently begin his rehab stint on Tuesday:
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: