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Baseball notes: Cardinals' Yadier Molina returns ahead of schedule
Baseball notes: Cardinals' Yadier Molina returns ahead of schedule

Catcher Yadier Molina was activated by the St. Louis Cardinals after missing seven weeks because of a torn ligament in his right thumb. He returned five weeks earlier than the most optimistic initial prognosis. The All-Star catcher was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday and was batting sixth in the opener of a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. “He's probably one of the toughest guys I've ever seen in the big leagues,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “He looks great.” The 32-year-old Molina tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into third base on July 9 and he underwent surgery two days later. He missed seven weeks, beating...

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