Yadier Molina Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Knee
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is on the disabled list due to a knee injury.
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
From the St. Louis Cardinals:
#STLCards activate Yadier Molina (right knee sprain) and Shane Robinson (right shoulder strain) from the 15-day disabled list.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 15, 2013
MLB Lineups followed with the Cardinals' full lineup for today's game:
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14:
From the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina expects to be in the lineup Thursday, the first day he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list from a right knee strain. He wants to play every day again, too.
Molina worked out on the field for the third straight day before Wednesday night's game against the Pirates and said everything felt good. He said now is no time to rest.
"You have to give it your all every time because it's only a month and a half left," Molina said. "Every time you get a day off it's beautiful for your body but right now my team needs me and I'll be ready to go."
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 11:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold has the latest on Yadier Molina's recovery:
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee inflammation) donned his catching gear and worked on some drills Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list. He also did some light sprinting. Molina continued to participate in batting practice as he looks to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible on Thursday.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, by Brandon Galvin
From St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold:
"We obviously have to be smart about it," general manager John Mozeliak said. "A lot depends on how these next 10 days play out for him. When you think about getting him back in the swing of things, I think we decide to go with three catchers (and) we have to be sure to utilize them going forward."
Molina also commented on his status, per Goold: "It’s getting better. Hopefully in 10 more days I’ll be ready to go. It was nothing that needed surgery. I just need time to rest."
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 5, by Brandon Galvin
From St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel:
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, out with a sprained right knee, has shown improvement in the past few days.
However, Molina has yet to participate in baseball-related activities since going on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, by Ian Hanford
MLB.com reporter Jennifer Langosch provides an update on Molina:
Per Matheny: MRI on Yadier Molina right knee showed inflammation/swelling but no structural damage. Team optimistic DL stint may be minimal.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 31, 2013
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com first reported the star catcher is leaving the team to have an MRI on his knee. She expects the 31-year-old to wind up on the disabled list.
Molina leaving team for MRI on knee, DL move seems certain.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 31, 2013
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Molina himself believes he's headed for the DL while the team has classified the injury as a sprain.
Molina expects to go on the DL. Flying back to STL for MRI in the morning. #stlcards— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 31, 2013
Molina on continuing, increasing soreness in right knee: "Right now, I just need time." Team has reclassified it as sprain.— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 31, 2013
The All-Star catcher played three innings in the second game of a double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Molina was 0-for-2 at the plate at the time with a passed ball that allowed Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata to score from third, per Associated Press via ESPN.
The Cardinals will certainly miss Molina if he is out of the lineup. He leads the team in batting average at .330 and has eight home runs with 54 RBI on the season.
Rob Johnson entered the game for the injured Molina. The 31-year-old had just six at-bats this season with two hits prior to Tuesday. He's a career .203 hitter and has never played more than 80 games in a season.
The Cardinals are currently in the midst of a six game losing streak and 1.5 games behind the Pirates for first place in the division. The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
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