Yadier Molina C STL 13 Days

Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his thumb and will undergo surgery on Friday. He's expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which could put him out of the mix for the rest of the regular season. The Cardinals figure to look outside of the organization for insurance behind the plate.

Yadier Molina C STL 13 Days

Yadier Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will undergo surgery.

Molina is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball, and now the second-place Cardinals are likely going to be without him for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Tony Cruz is starting at catcher in St. Louis on Thursday night against the Pirates, but the Cards might need to go shopping for an upgrade. Molina suffered the torn ligament Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.

Yadier Molina C STL 14 Days

Yadier Molina will undergo an MRI on his right thumb to determine the severity of the injury.

Molina will undergo the tests Wednesday night, with the results coming back sometime Thursday. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some more light on how much time Molina might miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place in his absence.

Yadier Molina C STL 14 Days

Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a right thumb sprain.

Trainers checked on Molina after he slid into third base in the second inning, and Tony Cruz pinch hit for him an inning later. The Cardinals said he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

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Yadier Molina hit a solo homer Friday in the Cardinals' 3-1 victory over the Dodgers.

It was Molina's seven homer, but just three of them have come since April concluded. He's batting .241 with 13 RBI in 170 at-bats since the beginning of May. The Cardinals can't really complain, as long as he continues to play his typical defense, but that's not what fantasy owners signed up for.

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Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday.

Tony Cruz will start behind the plate against Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Molina went 0-for-4 on Monday and is batting just .215/.292/.277 so far in June.

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Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

The Cardinals scored in two innings, and Molina had a single and scored runs in both. He's scored 27 runs on the year to go with a .290/.343/.412 line as the Cardinals' everyday backstop.

Yadier Molina C STL 1 Month

Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day of rest for the veteran backstop. Tony Cruz is behind the dish Sunday in Molina's place.

Yadier Molina C STL 1 Month

Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with a two-run single in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Molina's third-inning two-run single put the Cardinals up 2-0 against the hapless Rays, but the lead wouldn't last. The catcher had been scuffling at the dish entering the game, having posted a meager .420 OPS in his previous 53 plate appearances. Overall, though, Molina is having a decent season, slashing .292/.340/.412.

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

He's now sat out two straight games and hasn't caught a game since Thursday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has insisted that Yadi is fine physically, so until we hear otherwise we'll assume it's just a mental break for the catcher. Tony Cruz is being rewarded with a third straight start after getting a two-RBI single and catching a shutout from Shelby Miller on Saturday.