Yadier Molina Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Wrist, Likely Return Date
St Louis Cardinals catcher and National League batting title contender Yadier Molina was forced to leave the team's game on Monday due to soreness in his left wrist. The team announced on Twitter he's day-to-day with the ailment.
Yadier Molina was removed from the game in the bottom of the 5th due to left wrist soreness. Status is day-to-day.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3
From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina returns to the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and he will be behind the plate for rookie Michael Wacha's return to the rotation.
Here is the lineup for tonight's game against Homer Bailey:
1. Carpenter, 3B
2. Beltran, RF
3. Holliday, LF
4. Craig, 1B
5. Molina, C
6. Jay. CF
7. Wong, 2B
8. Descalso, SS
9. Wacha, P
Molina, who's also in the conversation for the Most Valuable Player in the NL, was 0-for-2 before leaving the game against the division rival Cincinnati Reds.
Today's pair of hitless at-bats left him with a .327 batting average, a handful of points behind Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves, the league leader.
The good news is that the injury doesn't sound serious and he should be able to continue his pursuit of the batting crown shortly. Molina is only a career .284 hitter, but he has developed into a major force at the plate over the past few seasons.
He's also one of the league's premier defensive catchers, which further explains why he's garnering attention for the MVP. He's the driving force behind a playoff-bound team both at the plate and behind it, helping guide the Cardinals' pitching staff to the sixth-best ERA in baseball.
Molina missed time earlier in the season with a knee injury. He was placed on the disabled list, but only missed the minimum of 15 days before returning to the Cardinals lineup.
Now, with St. Louis battling the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds for the NL Central lead, the team will hope Molina can make a quick return to the lineup. It simply isn't as dangerous of a team without him leading the charge.
The day-to-day designation does suggest the Cardinals don't think it will be a lingering concern, but they won't want to take any unnecessary risks with their franchise catcher, either.
His status should become more clear over the next few days.
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