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Yadier Molina | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yadier Molina (thumb) is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Cardinals in Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS.
Molina hasn't played since September 20 because of a sprained left thumb, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go with the help of a splint. Stephen Piscotty is handling first base for the Cards, as they're going with an outfield of Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward and Randal Grichuk. Oct 9 - 1:21 PM

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Yadier Molina said Thursday that his ailing left thumb gives him more issues catching than hitting.

Most assumed the opposite would be true. "Catching," Molina said when asked what is most difficult. "I was thinking it was going to be the hitting part. But hitting was feeling good. Some of the pitches, I had trouble with. It’s not pain. It’s about weakness. My hand is not strong enough to hold the ball like I used to, when I’m healthy." Molina declined to offer a percentage of the health of his thumb, although it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. However, all signs point to him being in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.
Oct 9 - 9:16 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Thursday that Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on the NLDS roster.

"Yadier Molina looks great and will be ready to go," said the Cardinals skipper. Molina suffered a ligament in his left (glove-side) thumb on September 20 and didn't appear in a game for the Cards over the final two weeks, but he's been fitted with a custom splint and will apparently start behind the plate in Game 1 on Friday night against the Cubs.
Oct 8 - 2:43 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) responded well after participating in baseball activities Tuesday.

Molina, who was recently fitted with a custom splint for his sprained left thumb, took part in hitting, catching, and blocking balls on Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that he's now even more optimistic that he'll be on the NLDS roster. The Cardinals will meet the winner of the National League Wild Card game beginning Friday.
Oct 7 - 1:47 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that the club is "optimistic" Yadier Molina (thumb) will be on their NLDS roster.

Molina has missed the last two weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. He's still not 100 percent, but the Cards will make a custom splint for him to wear so that he can hit and catch. The club has indicated that hitting will likely be the bigger issue for Molina, but they'll be happy to have his elite defense even if he can't offer much at the plate. St. Louis hosts the winner of the National League Wild Card game in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.
Oct 5 - 5:51 PM

Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined.
Oct 4 - 2:45 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals.
Sep 28 - 5:06 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) said Tuesday that he should be able to return before the end of the season.

"I think so. I hope so," the All-Star catcher told reporters ahead of Tuesday night's game at Busch Stadium. Molina suffered a slight ligament tear in his left thumb Sunday while laying a tag on the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo. Tony Cruz will continue to fill in at catcher for the Cardinals, who appear headed for the NLDS.
Sep 22 - 4:15 PM

An MRI has revealed a slight ligament tear in Yadier Molina's left thumb.

The Cardinals are hopeful that he can return this season, but they'll know more in 5-7 days when Molina is re-evaluated. Obviously it's a big blow to the club even if he's lost for just a week, as Tony Cruz is a huge downgrade. The Cards have also brought up Travis Tartamella for some insurance at catcher.
Sep 21 - 4:47 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday night against the Reds.

Molina was scheduled to undergo an MRI back in St. Louis on Monday morning after suffering a sprained left thumb on a swipe tag of Anthony Rizzo in the Cardinals' win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. There should be an update soon. Tony Cruz is starting behind the plate Monday.
Sep 21 - 4:06 PM

Yadier Molina is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his thumb injury.

Molina suffered a sprained left thumb while making an impressive swipe tag to prevent the tying run from scoring in Sunday's victory over the Cubs. It's the same thumb that has been bothering him for some time now due to the regular wear and tear of the MLB season. Tony Cruz will serve as the Cardinals' starting catcher for however long Yadi is out.
Sep 20 - 10:44 PM

Yadier Molina was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs after suffering a sprained left thumb.

It doesn't sound as though the ailment is too serious, but he'll be re-evaluated on Monday before determining how much time he'll stand to miss. Tony Cruz replaced him on Sunday and would be in line for additional work if Molina is forced to miss any action.
Sep 20 - 6:00 PM

Yadier Molina has returned to the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Cubs.

Molina was given the previous two games of as a breather to keep him fresh for the stretch run. The 33-year-old backstop is hitting .272/.313/.353 with just four homers and 60 RBI on the season.
Sep 19 - 11:47 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

It's the second straight day off for Molina, who struck out four times on Wednesday for the first time in his career. Tony Cruz is behind the dish.
Sep 18 - 11:36 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Molina has really struggled this month and is coming off the first four-strikeout game of his career on Wednesday, so he'll get a breather. Tony Cruz will start behind the plate and bat eighth.
Sep 17 - 5:40 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
4Travis Tartamella
5Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
3Mark Reynolds
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Jon Jay
4Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva
10Mitch Harris
11Tyler Lyons
12Miguel Socolovich
13Sam Tuivailala
14Adam Wainwright