Yadier Molina C STL 1 month ago

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is in the lineup Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds after being removed from Monday's game because of dehydration, according to the team's official website. Molina also took a foul ball off his mask, but he does not appear to have suffered a head injury.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 months ago

Molina is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

Tony Cruz will start the first game, with Molina presumably handling the second. Although he still hasn't done much in terms of counting stats, Molina owns a solid .292/.332/.372 slash line.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 months ago

Molina is out of Sunday's lineup against the Phillies.

Molina seems to have hit a groove at the plate recently, recording a hit in each of his last seven starts to raise his batting line to .295/.341/.374 on the season. However, he'll receive the routine day game off Sunday in favor of Tony Cruz, who'll bat seventh for the Cardinals.

Yadier Molina C STL 3 months ago

Molina hit his first home run in Monday's win over Minnesota as part of a 3-for-4 game.

Molina had a few solid power years in his prime, but at 32-years-old, he's on the decline, and it's not surprising the power is the first thing to go. He hit single digit home runs from 2004 through 2010 and hit just seven in 2014, and it's hard to believe that's a trend he can reverse at his age and given the mileage on his legs. Still, he's an excellent contact hitter, and the three-hit night raised his average to .289.

Yadier Molina C STL 3 months ago

Molina is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.

Molina looks to be receiving just a regular day off Sunday following a long stretch of starts behind the plate. Tony Cruz will catch Lance Lynn Sunday, batting eighth for the Cardinals.

Yadier Molina C STL 3 months ago

Molina is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

Molina has been rolling this month, going 24-for-71 (.338) at the plate, but he will get the day off Thursday with the Cardinals playing a day game following a night game. Tony Cruz will get the start behind the plate in Molina's place.

Yadier Molina C STL 4 months ago

Molina (back) will return to the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.

Molina left Tuesday's game early due to a stiff upper back, but will rejoin the lineup Wednesday, so the issue must have been minor. He'll bat sixth for the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Yadier Molina C STL 4 months ago

Molina left Tuesday's game against Cleveland in the ninth inning due to stiffness in his upper back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Manager Mike Matheny didn't seem overly concerned but it is something to keep an eye on as Molina could miss a game or two at the very least.

Yadier Molina C STL 4 months ago

Opposing baserunners entered Sunday's play 7-for-12 running against Molina, and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle suggested that they were looking for opportunities to run against him, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hurdle suggested that Molina isn't quite 100 percent physically yet. "We actually took more shots running against Molina last weekend in St. Louis than we'd taken in the past," he explained. "I think he's playing through some things. I think he lost some weight, trying to get in better shape. The fact that (teams) have run 10 times and stolen seven is a number that you've never read behind his name before, ever. So, yeah, we're going to go ahead and look for some shots."

Yadier Molina C STL 4 months ago

Molina is out of the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

Molina will get the day off following seven straight starts behind the plate. He's scuffled in the batter's box recently, collecting just two hits in the last five games to drop his average to .231 on the season. Tony Cruz will get the call Monday, batting eighth for the Cardinals.