As expected, Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Molina just returned to the Cardinals lineup on Friday, so it was extremely unlikely that he'd catch both games of the twinbill on Saturday. A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in the day game, with Molina expected to assume the position in the nightcap.
Pirates recalled INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Morel has struggled mightily in his brief time with the Buccos this season, slashing a paltry/.143/.182/.190. He will function as extra infield depth for the remainder of the season, but holds no fantasy value.
Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Nothing to read too much into, as Locke will surely rejoin the Pirates rotation once rosters expand in September. This was done merely as a procedural move to allow for an extra bench player for the next couple of days.
Royals optioned INF Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Colon was sent back out to make room on the active roster for Jayson Nix who was claimed off waivers from the Pirates. He's expected to rejoin the Royals at some point in early September.
Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday.
Soria has begun to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique, but still isn't close to returning to the Tigers bullpen. His chances of usurping the closer's role from Joe Nathan are dwindling with each passing day.