Report: Cardinals' Molina catches bullpen, ahead of schedule in return from thumb surgery
Chris Humphreys / USA TODAY Sports

It appears as though St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is ahead of schedule in his recovery from thumb surgery.

The Cardinals are 13-14 since the six-time All-Star hit the disabled list and remain hopeful Molina can return by September to bolster their roster for a playoff run. 

St. Louis enters play Thursday 2 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central, clinging to a wild-card spot with the San Francisco Giants lurking just a half-game back.

Molina was batting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs prior to his mid-July surgery, but his game-calling skills are what the Cardinals miss most.

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Report: Cardinals' Molina catches bullpen, ahead of schedule in return from thumb surgery
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