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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 (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. Oct 16 - 5:26 PM

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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.
Oct 15 - 5:32 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.
Oct 14 - 3:08 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.
Oct 14 - 1:43 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said catcher Yadier Molina (oblique) is "watch and see" and remains day-to-day.

Matheny also said Molina played catch and was throwing the ball well Monday. On offense, he's still unable to swing a bat. The Cardinals would be best-served to keep him on the active roster for as long as possible, as removing him during the series would also strip him of eligibility for the World Series should they get there. That, like Molina returning to the lineup, is still a ways away at this point. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will handle catching duties while Molina is sidelined.
Oct 13 - 6:05 PM

Yadier Molina was on the Cardinals' chartered flight to San Francisco on Monday afternoon.

But that doesn't really mean much. Molina suffered a strained left oblique muscle Sunday in Game 2 of the NLCS and is likely done for the remainder of the postseason. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will fill in at catcher for the Cardinals, who are tied 1-1 with the Giants in the best-of-seven NLCS.
Oct 13 - 3:44 PM

Yadier Molina was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants on Sunday with a strained left oblique.

Oblique injuries often take up to four weeks to recover from, and this one looked particularly severe. Molina is one of the more irreplaceable players in the majors, so this is a tough blow to the Cardinals' chances of advancing to the World Series. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will fill in at catcher for St. Louis, just as they did when Yadi tore a thumb ligament earlier this summer. The Cardinals went 21-19 during that stretch.
Oct 12 - 10:38 PM

Yadier Molina was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday in the sixth inning due to an apparent injury.

Molina appeared to tweak something during a swing in his at-bat in the bottom of the sixth and he was noticeably limping while leaving the field before being replaced by Tony Cruz behind the dish to begin the next frame. The Cardinals should provide an update on his status shortly, but any amount of time that Molina stands to miss is a devastating blow to the Cardinals.
Oct 12 - 10:29 PM

Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Molina hit a ground-rule double in the eighth inning, coming in to score on a wild pitch. As he continues to distance himself from his thumb injury, Molina's hitting continues to improve -- he's got a five-game hitting streak in which he's 8-for-17 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. The catcher is hitting .287/.343/.395 overall.
Sep 14 - 7:19 PM

Yadier Molina connected for an RBI double in Friday's win over the Rockies.

The eighth-inning double was his first extra-base hit since returning from the disabled list. It's a good sign, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Thursday that Molina's thumb is not yet 100 percent. Fantasy owners might have better options for the final two weeks of the regular season.
Sep 13 - 1:02 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny conceded Thursday that Yadier Molina's surgically-repaired right thumb is still affecting the catcher.

"You can see the splint," Matheny said. "He's still protecting it and doing things to strengthen it." Molina is hitting just .234/.315/.234 with no extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list and took some awkward swings on Wednesday before getting the day off Thursday. He could round into shape by the end of the month, but fantasy owners might be better off using someone else for the time being, if possible.
Sep 11 - 6:29 PM

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

It's just routine day of maintenance for the All-Star catcher, who is batting .234 with a .549 OPS since returning in late August from a torn thumb ligament. He had a very short rehab assignment and is obviously still trying to find his timing. A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher in the series finale in Cincy.
Source: MLBlogs
Sep 11 - 10:23 AM

Yadier Molina went 1-for-4 with a single on Monday.

It should probably go without saying, but Molina made some nice plays at the plate, including a beautiful tag at home of Josh Harrison. Molina's looked predictably Molina-ish since returning from a torn thumb ligament on August 29th. He's now six for his last fifteen. On the season, Molina is slashing .292/.345/.408.
Sep 1 - 6:05 PM

Yadier Molina is in the Cardinals' lineup for the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

Molina, who just returned from a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb, sat out the first game.
Aug 30 - 7:15 PM

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.
Aug 30 - 2:21 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Oscar Taveras
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala