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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
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Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.
It's a rare day off for the backstop. Eric Fryer will catch on Sunday. Jun 19 - 12:12 PM

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Yadier Molina punched three hits in four at-bats and scored the Cards' lone run in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

The Cardinals couldn't get much going against Collin McHugh, but Molina did his job. He finished 3-for-4, all singles and scored on a single by Greg Garcia in the seventh inning. After a slow start, Molina has his slash up to .278/.352/.368 on the season.
Jun 15 - 11:04 PM

Yadier Molina delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth inning on Thursday, propelling the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Reds.

He finished the night 3-for-4 with a double and also scored a run. After a tremendously disappointing 2015 campaign, Molina has returned to form as one of the better offensive catchers in the league, slashing .271/.348.362 with a homer and 22 RBI.
Jun 9 - 10:34 PM

Yadier Molina hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Molina has surprised everyone by hitting for a very good average and on-base percentage this season despite concerns about his thumb, but the power has been steadily dropping each of the last four years. He's still got enough juice to muscle it out every once in a while, though, and his .427 slugging percentage would actually be his highest since 2013 if the season ended today. Molina has 18 RBI and 16 runs scored to go with a .313/.394/.427 line.
May 21 - 7:03 PM

Yadier Molina came through with a pinch-hit two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday, propelling the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers.

The game was knotted in a 1-1 tie with two outs in the seventh inning when Molina was called upon to hit for Mike Leake. He lined the second pitch that he saw from Joe Blanton into left field for the go-ahead two-run double. Molina also came around to score in the inning. He's now hitting a robust .333/.413/.439 with 16 RBI in a resurgent offensive season.
May 15 - 11:13 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Dodgers.

Just a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop, though you would have expected him to be in there for a prime time game on national television. Eric Fryer will start behind the dish for the Cardinals and bat eighth against Alex Wood and the Dodgers.
May 15 - 5:19 PM

Yadier Molina is starting at first base for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

This will be just the third career start Molina has ever made at first base. He is batting fifth for the Cardinals, with Brandon Moss and Matt Adams both sitting out against Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan. Eric Fryer takes the start at catcher in Molina's place and is hitting eighth.
May 4 - 4:22 PM

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a double as the Cardinals fell to the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Molina has had a resurgence at the plate in the first month of the 2016 season, slashing .341/.426/.451 with no homers and 10 RBI. He is once again looking like one of the top offensive performers at his position in the league.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

It's his second day off of the season. Eric Fryer is starting behind the dish. The Cards also have Matt Adams at first base over Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko at second base over Kolten Wong.

Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Matt Adams got thrown out inexplicably trying to steal third base just before Molina's triple, and the Cardinals ended up losing by one run. That's little fault of Molina's, though, as the catcher is now hitting .327/.375/.442 on the year. Any concerns about the health of his thumb, especially as they relate to his hitting, have effectively been alleviated with the hot start.
Apr 20 - 12:16 AM

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday.

It's his first day off of the season, as Eric Fryer is behind the plate. The Cardinals also have Matt Holliday, Kolten Wong, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Aledmys Diaz on the bench Sunday, as Brandon Moss, Matt Adams, Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia are all getting starts.

Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Cardinals' loss to the Pirates on Opening Day in Pittsburgh.

Molina was questionable for this game after undergoing dual surgeries on his right thumb late last calendar year, but he had a seamless spring and took some smart plate appearances against two tough pitchers (Francisco Liriano, Mark Melancon) on Sunday afternoon. We wouldn't expect much power from Yadi in 2016, but he seems to be growing comfortable with his transition into a slap-singles hitter. That's the observation through one game, anyway.
Apr 3 - 4:18 PM

Yadier Molina (foot) is back in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Molina was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a right foot contusion and was originally out of the lineup Tuesday, but he has shown enough progress to return to action. The veteran backstop is coming back from a pair of surgeries on his right thumb, but it looks like he's on track for Opening Day.
Mar 29 - 10:43 AM

Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Monday due to a right foot contusion.

Good thing it's not thumb-related. Molina remains questionable for Opening Day after undergoing surgeries on his right thumb last fall and winter. This foot bruise is only a minor setback, but it certainly won't help his chances of gracing the Cardinals' starting lineup April 3 against the Pirates.
Mar 28 - 1:26 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Yadier Molina (thumb) has "checked all the boxes" as he strives to be ready for Opening Day.

The skipper didn't exactly say that he plans for Molina to be in the lineup in Pittsburgh on April 3, but it sounds like he will be as long as he doesn't have a setback. Working his way back from a pair of surgeries on his left thumb, Molina has picked up three hits in 14 at-bats this spring. The Cardinals will surely love his defense, but Molina's decline at the plate the last couple years coupled with the thumb issue points to depressed offensive numbers in 2016.
Mar 25 - 11:43 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Kolten Wong
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris