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Yadier Molina | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yadier Molina (knee) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.
Molina sat out the previous two games after taking a foul tip off his right knee. The All-Star catcher sports a .294/.345/.373 batting line in the early going this season. Apr 27 - 4:44 PM

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Yadier Molina (knee) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee during Friday's game and remains sore. He's considered day-to-day. Tony Cruz is getting another start behind the plate Sunday, while Cody Stanley has been recalled to provide depth. The Cards are also giving Matt Holliday and Jon Jay a rest Sunday, with Mark Reynolds handling left field and Peter Bourjos center.

Yadier Molina (knee) is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

Molina was removed from Friday night's game against the Brewers after taking a foul ball off his knee. Tony Cruz will start behind the dish and bat eighth for the Cardinals on Saturday. Look for Molina to return on Sunday.
Apr 25 - 3:13 PM

Yadier Molina was removed from Friday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons after taking a foul ball off his knee.

He was replaced by Tony Cruz, who would stand to see increased action should Molina be forced to miss a couple of games. He's considered day-to-day.
Apr 24 - 10:36 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Nationals.

It's the first day off for Molina, who plays more than any other catcher in the major leagues. Tony Cruz is behind the plate for St. Louis on Thursday.
Apr 23 - 12:27 PM

Yadier Molina had a bases-clearing double in a win over the Reds on Friday.

Molina played hero in the bottom of the seventh by ripping a Johnny Cueto pitch into the left field corner to plate three runs and put the Cardinals ahead for good. The 32-year-old backstop got off to a slow start, but he has shown some signs of life over the past few days. He's now batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .361 on-base percentage.
Apr 18 - 12:24 AM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's win against the Brewers.

Molina has been a bit sluggish to start the season, entering Wednesday's contest 3-for-21 (.143). He knocked the Cardinals' third run in with a single to left field against Wily Peralta. Molina, 32, wasn't quite the force at the plate he used to be, finishing the 2014 season with a .282 average and seven home runs. It's quite tough for catchers to be consistently elite, especially at Molina's age.
Apr 15 - 11:10 PM

Yadier Molina's quiet spring continued with an 0-for-2 game against the Mets on Thursday.

Molina is batting .217. He has one extra-base hit, one walk, one RBI and zero runs scored through 46 at-bats. Molina slipped offensively last year, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him continue to decline at age 32. A lot of catchers slip at that age anyway, and Molina has put in more innings behind the plate than almost all of them.
Apr 2 - 3:57 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Yadier Molina "has reportedly dropped as much as 20 pounds" this offseason.

Molina has had some issues with his right knee in recent years and catches a ton of innings, so taking some pressure off his legs is probably a good idea. The seven-time Gold Glover saw his offense tail off last season, as he batted .282/.333/.386 with seven homers over 445 plate appearances. He'll turn 33 in July.
Feb 6 - 10:35 AM

Yadier Molina has been named the 2014 Platinum Glove winner in the National League.

The annual honor is awarded to the best defender in each league. Widely regarded as the top defensive backstop in all of baseball, Molina secured his seventh consecutive Gold Glove earlier in the week.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Yadier Molina has been named the 2014 National League Gold Glove winner at catcher.

Molina missed seven weeks of action with a thumb injury but still wound up capturing his seventh straight Gold Glove. He beat out Jonathan Lucroy and Russell Martin for the award.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to talk his way into the lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Giants on Thursday.

Molina isn't able to swing a bat, so that pretty much ruled out the possibility. There's a chance he could play as a defensive replacement, but even that might be stretching it. Tony Cruz will start behind the plate in Game 5.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 05:26:00 PM

Yadier Molina (oblique) tried to swing the bat on Wednesday, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged that the injured catcher "did not feel good."

The Cardinals are keeping Yadi active, but he seems doubtful to appear in another NLCS game unless it's to catch Trevor Rosenthal or Carlos Martinez in a save situation. Molina suffered a strained left oblique in the Cardinals' NLCS Game 2 win on Sunday night, and that type of injury often takes 3-4 weeks to recover from. A.J. Pierzynski is starting at catcher for St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Yadier Molina (oblique) is expected to get a cortisone shot on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Molina suffered an oblique strain during Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, but he insists that his season is not over. It's too soon to say when he'll play again, as he hasn't resumed swinging a bat, but it looks like it will simply be a matter of how much pain he can tolerate. A.J. Pierzynski is starting behind the plate for Game 3 on Tuesday.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 03:08:00 PM

The Cardinals haven't ruled out using Yadier Molina (oblique) as a defensive replacement in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

Molina suffered an oblique strain on Sunday and isn't able to swing a bat, but he looked better than expected while playing catch and throwing the ball on Monday. Even if he doesn't play Monday, the Cardinals plan to keep him active in order for him to remain eligible if the club advances to the World Series.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Lance Lynn
3John Lackey
4Michael Wacha
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Kevin Siegrist
7Carlos Villanueva