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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 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

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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

Yadier Molina was held without a hit in his return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

It's likely that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will ease the All-Star backstop back into action, so expect A.J. Pierzynski to take his spot behind the dish on Saturday.
Aug 29 - 11:19 PM

Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list.

Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games to show the Cards he was ready. He's catching and batting sixth Friday versus the Cubs in his return to action. Tony Cruz was sent down, so A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the backup.
Aug 29 - 4:55 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) will drive from Double-A Springfield back to St. Louis after catching five innings in his second rehab game Thursday.

Assuming he doesn't have a setback, things are looking good for Molina being activated for Friday's game versus the Cubs. If that happens, the catcher will have missed seven weeks following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He was given an 8-12 week timetable after having the operation.
Aug 28 - 7:53 PM

Yadier Molina caught six innings and went 2-for-3 with a double in his first rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

Molina has made incredible progress from the torn ligament in his right thumb, and despite Wednesday being his first game action the Cardinals are optimistic about his ability to return to the big club shortly. Molina could be back in St. Louis by Friday at the earliest.
Aug 27 - 10:47 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Wednesday wouldn't rule out the possibility of Yadier Molina (thumb) being activated from the disabled list Friday.

It goes along with previous report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, who said a return over the weekend was possible. Molina will catch five innings Wednesday in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield. It's not clear whether he might need additional rehab games, but the Cards would seem likely to have him catch a full game before being activated. Molina has been sidelined since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Aug 27 - 11:40 AM

Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Molina is set to catch 5-6 innings Wednesday in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield. He'll be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his throwing or hitting. The Cardinals could conceivably wait until Monday when rosters expand to activate Yadi, but if he shows he's ready after a couple rehab games, they seem unlikely to wait just to avoid having to make a corresponding roster move.
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM

Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

There's been some confusion as to which day the assignment officially will begin, but it appears Yadi will work out with Springfield Tuesday before playing in Wednesday's game. He shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats, so an activation before the end of the week would seem to be a possibility.
Aug 25 - 6:51 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

It was reported earlier Monday that Molina would go through a workout Tuesday and then begin a rehab assignment later in the week, but Springfield manager Mike Shildt has revealed that Yadi will be his DH Tuesday. It's not clear when Molina will catch his first game, but he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the week can't be ruled out.
Aug 25 - 6:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
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
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
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