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Yadier Molina | Catcher | #4

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 4 (0) / STL
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Yadier Molina (thumb) will have his cast removed in mid-February.
He underwent surgery on his left thumb in December. That's about all anyone knows right now as Molina remains without a timetable. The Cardinals have been scouring the market for catching depth but GM John Mozeliak said the search has been "difficult." While the Cardinals are optimistic Molina will be ready for Opening Day, Brayan Pena would handle the catching duties if Molina needs more time. Jan 16 - 8:07 PM

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Yadier Molina remains in a cast after a second surgery on his left thumb from December.

Molina previously had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb back in October, but another procedure was deemed necessary after it was determined that it wasn't healing properly. There's no clear timetable for him to begin rehabbing the thumb, but the Cardinals remain hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Jan 12 - 1:28 PM

Rene Knott of KSDK in St. Louis reports that Yadier Molina underwent a second surgery on his left thumb.

Knott was told the news by Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. Molina had surgery in October to repair a torn ligament in his thumb, but apparently he was still having issues. The hope is that he'll still be ready for Opening Day, but that's a little less certain right now.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 03:25:00 PM

Yadier Molina will undergo surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb on Thursday afternoon.

Molina will be shut down for the next 8-12 weeks, so this procedure is going affect to his offseason program somewhat. He suffered the ligament tear while tagging Anthony Rizzo at home plate on September 20. Yadi tried to play through the injury in the playoffs but struggled to swing an effective bat. It might be time for the Cardinals to make a big upgrade at backup catcher.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 01:24:00 PM

Yadier Molina (thumb) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

Molina started at catcher for the first three games of the Cards' NLDS showdown with the Cubs, but was a late scratch prior to Tuesday's Game 4 elimination. Manager Mike Matheny noted that Molina was barely even able to grip a bat. The veteran catcher was scheduled for a doctor's appointment on Wednesday regardless of whether the team won or lost in Game 4. With his team officially down for the count, he can now focus exclusively on rehabbing the injury.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Yadier Molina (thumb) has been scratched from the lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Molina was in the original lineup despite showing obvious discomfort in his left thumb in Game 3 on Monday. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said there's "still considerable weakness in his hand" and he's unable to hit as a result. Tony Cruz will start behind the plate instead.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Yadier Molina is in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Molina left Game 3 with lingering discomfort in his left thumb, but he's right back in there to catch John Lackey as the Cardinals attempt to stay alive. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Stephen Piscotty 1B, Matt Holliday LF, Jason Heyward RF, Jhonny Peralta, Randal Grichuk CF, Kolten Wong 2B, Molina C, John Lackey SP. Jason Hammel will pitch for Chicago.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Yadier Molina (thumb) left Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS that he wasn't sure whether the catcher would play in Game 4.

Molina has been behind the dish for the first three games of the series, but he appeared to aggravate his left thumb injury on a swing in the fourth inning Monday. Matheny said he would have to check with the team's medical staff before knowing about Yadi's availability Tuesday. We'd count on the catcher attempting to play, but it's obvious that he's well less than 100 percent. Tony Cruz would get the start if Molina is ruled out.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 10:12:00 PM

Yadier Molina confirmed after Friday's game that he felt "very good" and classified his thumb injury as "no problem at all".

That's certainly encouraging news for the Cardinals, as they will seemingly have their leader in the lineup for the duration of the postseason. Though he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout at the dish, the value that he provides behind the plate and in calling games is immeasurable.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 11:01:00 AM

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.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 01:21:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 09:16:00 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.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 02:43:00 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.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 01:47:00 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.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 05:51:00 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.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Carlos Peguero
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Mike Leake
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tyler Lyons
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung-Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Sam Tuivailala
8Miguel Socolovich
9Mitch Harris
10Jayson Aquino
11Matt Bowman
12Juan Gonzalez
13Dean Kiekhefer