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Molina (chest) was taken out of Friday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons and is considered day-to-day, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports reports.

Molina prematurely exited Friday's game in the fifth inning after taking a foul tip to the chest but apparently his long-term viability is not in danger. Consider him a game-time decision for Saturday's bout with the Brewers while Tony Cruz serves as a potential replacement.

Yadier Molina C STL 17 hours ago

Molina left Friday's game in the middle off the fifth inning after getting knocked down by a foul tip earlier in the game, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

The Cardinals have not announced the specific injury, but for Molina to pull himself out in the middle of a close game with Carlos Martinez pitching a gem, it must have been quite painful/uncomfortable. Continue to monitor his status Friday night and Saturday morning to see whether he will have to miss further time. Tony Cruz replaced Molina and would catch Saturday if needed.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 days ago

Molina is out of the lineup Thursday.

This is just a standard off day for Molina and Tony Cruz will get the start behind the plate against the Nationals. Molina has yet to hit for any power this season, but he is hitting .306 (.395 BABIP) and has logged 54 plate appearances so far.

Yadier Molina C STL 1 week ago

Molina had the key hit in Friday's win over the Reds, a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning.

Molina hadn't been driving the ball well prior to Friday's game, and in fact the Reds intentionally walked Jon Jay to try to set up a double-play by Molina prior to the big hit. He's batting .281/.361/.444 on the season.

Yadier Molina C STL 2 weeks ago

Molina went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

He was dropped to seventh in the batting order for Wednesday's game after being used in the No. 6 slot against lefty Jon Lester on Opening Night. If he ends up hitting in those spots over the course of the season, Molina could see a slight dip in RBI chances compared to initial expectations.

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Molina has reportedly dropped as many as 20 pounds through his offseason workouts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

In addition to limiting the wear and tear on his knees, a lighter frame could enable Molina to take on more playing time at first base when the Cards are facing a left-handed starter and want to sit Matt Adams. Further removed from the thumb surgery he had to repair a torn ligament last summer, Molina should be able to rebound in the power department this season.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) is expected to be fully healthy by spring training.

Molina was forced out of Game 2 of the NLCS with an oblique strain and didn't play again the rest of the postseason. With a full offseason to recover from the injury, it shouldn't be a problem for him by the time spring training rolls around.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.

Molina attempted to test his oblique injury Wednesday with some swings, but he "didn't feel too good," according to manager Mike Matheny. Thus, the Cardinals will have to go into Game 5 of the NLCS, down 3-1 in the series, without their All-Star catcher, though there's an outside chance he could be used as a defensive replacement late in the game. Tony Cruz gets the start behind the dish.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) tried taking swings Wednesday, but didn't feel good, according to manager Mike Matheny, KMOXSports reports.

Molina reported feeling fine defensively with everything he'd be expected to do behind the plate, but it appears his inability to swing pain-free is what will keep him out of the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4. He likely won't be available to pinch hit Wednesday given this development.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Cardinals are trotting out the same lineup for Game 4 as they did on Tuesday for Game 3, so A.J. Pierzynski will get his second consecutive start in Molina's place. There's no word yet on when he will be able to return, but for the time being it appears the oblique injury Molina suffered in Sunday's Game 2 is still bothering him enough to keep him out of the lineup.