|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||495.00||14.00||.301||71.00||61.00||2.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|Thumb - 15-day DL. Likely out until at least mid-September|
|vs Tampa Bay||8||2||0|| .333|| .250|| .250|
|vs RHP||231||65||3|| .328|| .372|| .281|
|07/24/2014||Kyle Lohse, SP MIL|
A.J. Ellis, C LAD
|Yadier Molina, C STL|
Bronson Arroyo, SP ARI
Pat Neshek, RP STL
|07/23/2014||Zack Greinke, SP LAD|
Miguel Cabrera, 1B DET
Josh Hamilton, LF LAA
|Yadier Molina, C STL|
Stephen Strasburg, SP WAS
|07/23/2014||Yadier Molina, C STL||Jonathan Papelbon, RP PHI|
|Last 10 Games|
|Pair of Cardinals undergo successful surgery Friday |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/12/14) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Jaime Garcia underwent successful surgeries Friday, according to MLB.com.
Garcia had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He's expected to miss the rest of the season while recovering from the surgery.
Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He's expected to miss between 8-12 weeks while he recovers. He hopes to be back before the end of the regular season.
|Scouting out potential Yadier Molina replacements |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(7/10/14) It's true. Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb and could potentially miss the rest of the season. And even though he hasn't quite lived up to expectations in 2014, his loss is still a crushing blow for his Fantasy owners, who now have to scour the waiver wire for replacements.
In leagues that require the use of two catchers, good luck. While the position isn't exactly thin, not even the deepest would have much to offer after the top 24 or so. The good news is that in one-catcher leagues, nobody bothers to roster more than one since catchers don't make for the best utility options. So if you play in a 12-team league, you'll most likely have access to the 13th-best catcher.
The question is, who's 13th-best? You could go to the sortable stats page and see who's the best performer to date, but obviously, it's not that simple. Derek Norris, Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki are separated by a thin margin in points leagues, and all have their shortcomings -- Norris his playing time, Gomes his plate discipline and Suzuki his, um, believability.
And then there's the catchers buried by a lack at-bats. Ramos has missed most of this season due to injury but has been hot since his return and was a top-12 catcher on a per-game basis last year. Stephen Vogt only came up to the majors in June but has raked since then, and though he doesn't have much of a pedigree, the Athletics seem to trust him, playing him at first base, right field -- wherever they can get him in the lineup, really. He might even be available in some two-catcher formats, owned in just 22 percent of leagues.
In a situation where you have several options to choose from and don't really have to worry about losing any of them to someone else, I don't see anything wrong with playing the hot hand. Right now, it's probably Gomes, but don't be afraid to swap him out for one of the others as circumstances change.
|Yadier Molina will need thumb surgery; out two months |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(7/10/14) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could miss up to three months with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announce Thursday.
General manager John Mozeliak told reporters Molina will require surgery on the thumb, which he injured during Wednesday's game. He will need eight to 12 weeks to recovery, putting him out until mid-September at the earliest, but possibly for the remainder of the regular season on the high end.
Molina had appeared in 83 of the team's first 91 games, and was set to appear in next week's All-Star team. He was hitting .287/.341/.409 in 303 at-bats prior to the injury.
|Yadier Molina out of lineup; awaiting details on thumb |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(7/10/14) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, as a result of a thumb injury suffered in the previous game.
The Cardinals have scheduled a pre-game press conference for general manager John Mozeliak, expected to be about Molina's injury. At this point, more details are not yet known.
|Yadier Molina suffers thumb sprain Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(7/9/14) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game in the third inning due to a right thumb sprain, the team announced.
Molina ended a 0-for-9 streak over his last three games by getting a hit in his only at-bat Wednesday, giving him a .287/.341/.409 line with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 303 at-bats. The results of his MRI on the injured thumb will be evaulated Thursday, USA Today Sports reports..
|With three straight years of plus offensive production, Yadier Molina is now firmly among the elite at the catcher position. Of course, that's speaking strictly in terms of Fantasy value. In real life, he had been there for years because of his defensive ability. It's that defensive ability that keeps him in the lineup when other catchers might take a day off, allowing him to rack up doubles and RBI in lieu of a bunch of homers. He doesn't have the pure power of a Buster Posey or Carlos Santana, but he has no real weaknesses in his game either. And apart from Joe Mauer, who's moving to first base full-time this season, he might be the only lock for a .300 batting average among catcher-eligible players. Because he's so invested on defense, Molina will always be an injury risk, especially as he enters his mid-30s, but because he tends to go off the board a couple rounds after the other elite types at the position, he's still a safe choice as your top catcher.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/25/14||@ CHC||4:05 pm||Travis Wood|
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