Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, recovering from surgery on his left thumb, will have his cast removed in mid-February, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Other than that, however, the Cardinals don’t have a timetable for their backstop.
Molina is expected to begin spring training rebuilding strength in his thumb and the Cardinals hope he’ll be ready by Opening Day on April 3. Until the club learns more about Molina’s condition, Brayan Pena will be penciled in as the starter. Pena inked a two-year, $5 million deal in November.
As a result of the uncertainty surrounding Molina, the Cardinals are still pursuing catching depth, but GM John Mozeliak called that process “difficult”. As Langosch notes, the only other catcher on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster is Mike Ohlman who has yet to play at Triple-A.