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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Molina will be held out Tuesday -- and possibly beyond -- due to the oblique injury he suffered in Sunday's game. A.J. Pierzynski will get the start behind the plate in Molina's place.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) is optimistic he'll return at some point this postseason, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Molina, who suffered a strained left oblique Sunday night, said the pain is the worst he's ever felt in his career, but he was able to throw on the field Monday. He's all but ruled out to start Tuesday's Game 3, but manager Mike Matheny is optimistic that he could use Molina as a defensive replacement, perhaps as early as Game 3. At the plate is where Molina will likely still be affected, as he suffered the injury swinging the bat and did not do so Monday. Until further notice, it appears as though if he plays, his impact will likely be felt defensively.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina (oblique) could miss the remainder of the postseason, according to an AP report published in The Oregonian.

Molina departed Sunday's Game 2 with a strained left oblique and was replaced by Tony Cruz. While Molina hasn't been officially ruled out, manager Mike Matheny did not sound optimistic about his status but said he'll wait for medical confirmation before making any roster decisions. If Molina is replaced on the NLCS roster, he'd be ineligible to play in the World Series, should the Cardinals advance. "If we have to go short with an opportunity to have him back, we'd do that," Matheny said. "But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina departed Sunday's NLCS Game 2 against the Giants with a strained left oblique, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

Molina did not leave the box after grounding into a double play and it was immediately clear he suffered some sort of injury. Tony Cruz came on in relief to catch the seventh inning, and at this point it remains to be seen whether Molina will be able to return at some point in this series. While the team is yet to provide an official prognosis, Molina will likely miss Game 3 in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Yadier Molina C STL 6 months ago

Molina will not be suspended for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during Game 1 of the NLDS, CBS Sports reports. Molina will receive a "substantial" fine, however.

The incident occurred during a benches-clearing scuffle after Adrian Gonzalez was upset that teammate Yasiel Puig had been hit by Adam Wainwright. Meals got between Gonzalez and Molina, and Molina briefly shoved him away. No players were ejected from the game.