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4 Yadier Molina C
Height/Weight: 5-11/230 | Birthdate: 7/13/1982 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $14,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/81 | Average Draft Position: 142.83
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Cardinals' Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina receive day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina were held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets. Mark Reynolds started in Holliday's absence and Tony Cruz was behind the plate with Molina on the bench.

Holliday, who had three hits Wednesday, is batting .339 (19 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, nine RBI, five runs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in his last 15 games.

Molina is batting .379 (22 for 58) with four doubles, five RBI, five runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina gets three hits Monday, average over .300


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had three hits in five at-bats in Monday's loss to the Mets. Molina, who has gotten off to a rather slow start at the plate, is riding a modest five-game hitting streak. He is 10 for 21 over that stretch and has lifted his season average from .277 to .302 with the hot streak. It's the first time since mid-April that Molina's average been above the .300 mark. 

Molina also caught all 14 innings of Monday's extra-inning affair, and has started all but one of the team's 17 games this month.

It remains to be seen if manager Mike Matheny gives Molina the day off on Tuesday. The veteran backstop does have a lifetime .375 batting average (6 for 16) with a home run against Jonathon Niese, who is slated to start for the Mets on Tuesday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup, OF Jon Jay out vs. Indians


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night against Cleveland, after exiting Tuesday with back stiffness. Jon Jay, however, remained sidelined with a thumb injury he suffered Saturday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina finished 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. He is hitting .276 (29 for 105) with seven doubles, 15 RBI and a .325 on-base percentage this season.

St. Louis is considered an underdog (+125) against Corey Kluber and the Indians at Progressive Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina exits Tuesday's game with back stiffness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Tuesday's game against the Indians in the ninth inning due to back stiffness, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Yadi tightened up a little bit," manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com. "I don't know if it was the cold or what it was exactly, so we'll have to keep an eye on him."

Molina was 2 for 4 and scored a run before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the person of backup catcher Tony Cruz. Cruz would likely draw the start on Wednesday if Molina is unable to go.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina has seven-game hit streak, no homers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak but has yet to hit a home run this season.

Molina delivered excellent offensive seasons from 2011 through 2013 but saw his numbers dip slightly last year, and the slide has continued in the early part of 2015. He's hit 55 home runs in his last four seasons combined and has a 12-steal season during that stretch but hasn't managed one of either this season.

Even with the dip in his home-run production, Molina hit .391/.417/.522 with five RBI in 23 at-bats last week. He'll look to continue his recent success when the Cardinals open a three-game series against the Indians in Cleveland Tuesday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina back in lineup Tuesday vs. Cubs


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. Molina was rested on Monday after starting seven straight behind the dish. He is also dealing with slight knee soreness, but appears healthy enough to play Tuesday. He was batting seventh in manager Mike Matheny's lineup.

Molina is still trying to find his way with the bat. He's hitting just .179 with three RBI over his last 10 games.


Carpenter, Wong in Cards' lineup for Monday; Molina out


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Although he exited Sunday's game with light headness, third basman Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday, batting second.

Kolten Wong received a rest and was not in Sunday's lineup for the Cards but returns Monday, playing second base and batting seventh.

Struggling catcher Yadier Molina, who's been dealing with knee soreness, will not start Monday as Tony Cruz gets the nod at catcher and will hit eighth.

Catcher Yadier Molina struggling offensively for Cardinals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been really struggling at the plate over the past week. Since returning to the lineup on April 27 after dealing with some knee soreness, Molina's batting average has dropped from .294 to .231, as he has just three hits in his last seven games.

Molina has also yet to hit a home run in 2015. Perhaps the soreness in his knee hasn't completely subsided. But regardless, Molina is in a slump right now. He has started each of the last seven games behind the plate, and caught all three of the team's extra-inning affairs against the Cubs this past weekend. Maybe look for him to get a day off in the not-too-distant future. 


Cardinals' Yadier Molina returns to the lineup, Jason Heyward out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Phillies after missing two games with a knee injury, the team announced. 

Molina, who is hitting .294 with eight RBI in 51 at-bats, was replaced by Tony Cruz for the last two days while Molina recovered. He will bat sixth. 

Outfielder Jason Heyward is out of the lineup Monday after picking up a hamstring injury in Sunday's game. Mark Reynolds will take his place and bat fifth. Jhonny Peralta will slide up to Heyward's regular two spot in the batting order.

The Cardinals are currently the favorites (-145) against Philadelphia.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina (knee) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Molina is dealing with knee soreness after taking a foul tip off his knee guard Friday.

"He's feeling better, but we just need to take at least another day," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "He can hit. He can run. But squatting is the issue right now."

The team called up a catcher before Sunday's game to back up Tony Cruz, who is batting eighth Sunday while making his third start in the last four days.

The Cardinals are road favorites (-144) in Milwaukee Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.

Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

Cards C Molina (knee) out of Saturday's starting lineup


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) After leaving Friday's game following a foul tip off his right knee guard, catcher Yadier Molina is out of the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday, replaced by backup Tony Cruz.

Molina, who took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution, said his knee is just sore and doesn't expect to go on the disabled list.

"It's little sore, a little tight," said Molina to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's about the same right now," he said. "Hopefully, with treatment, I can get back on track (Sunday). That's what I'm shooting for."

This will be the second time this season Molina is not in the Cards' starting lineup, sitting out Thursday as a scheduled rest day.

Cruz has one hit in five at-bats this season.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (knee) leaves Friday's game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took himself out of Friday's game in Milwaukee one inning after taking a foul tip off his right knee guard, MLB reports. 

The move was precautionary and he's listed as day to day.

Molina took a foul tip off the same knee a little over a week ago and he's battled soreness in that knee ever since.

"This morning I was like, 'OK, my knee feels better,'" Molina said. "And boom, tonight, he hits it in the same spot."


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina gets first day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received his first day off of the 2015 season Thursday against the Nationals. Tony Cruz replaced Molina, who had started the first 13 games.

After opening the season 0 for 10, Molina is batting .385 (15 for 39) with four doubles and seven RBI in his last 10 games.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina back in groove after slow start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 2 for 4 with an RBI in his team's 4-0 win over the Brewers Thursday.

Molina opened the season 0 for 10 but has racked up eight hits and 19 at-bats over his last five games.

"When you play every day, you're going to get that timing back," Molina said after Thursday's game, per MLB.com. "Right now, I'm in that process. It's hard to play like that [with all the off-days], but you've got to get used to it and battle every game to try to do the best you can. When you play every day, it's easy for you to get your timing back."

With the recent hot stretch, Molina has hit .276/.364/.310 in 29 at-bats.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina doubles in win vs. Reds Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 1 for 3 with a walk and a double in his team's 7-5, 11-inning win over the Reds Sunday.

The double was the first extra-base hit of the season for Molina, who went hitless in 10 at-bats over his first three games before picking up two singles and an RBI in four at-bats Saturday. He's batting seventh for the fourth time this season in Monday's game against the Brewers, in which the Cardinals are heavy favorites (-180).


Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta batting cleanup vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is batting cleanup for Sunday's season opener against the Cubs.

Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.

The full Cardinals lineup: 3B Matt Carpenter, RF Jason Heyward, LF Matt Holliday, SS Peralta, 1B Matt Adams, C Yadier Molina, 2B Kolten Wong, CF Jon Jay, SP Adam Wainwright.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina dropped weight during the offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina reported to camp 15-20 pounds lighter, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina said he got in better shape in order to catch more this season. "I want to be ready for the season," Molina said. "I can catch every day." Molina was limited to just 110 games last year due to various injuries. 

Mike Matheny said Molina's committment sends a clear message to his teammates. "That’s the message he’s sending us," Matheny said. "It’s pretty clear. It’s one thing for a guy to come in and say, 'I’ve been playing a lot for a long time and I’m planning on walking in here and doing the same thing.' It’s another to show us like that."

The 32-year-old Molina hit .282/.333/.386 over 404 at-bats last year. 


Cardinals' Jason Heyward participating in early spring workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward has been an early participant in spring workouts this week at the team's spring training complex in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"For me, right now, it’s good to get a sweat, get workouts in, come in on a daily basis, get in our routine and the groove of things so everything naturally jells together before spring training starts," Heyward said Thursday.

Heyward is one of a handful of players in Jupiter who were on the practice field Thursday for an informal Cardinals workout. Among the other St. Louis players reporting to camp early are veterans Adam Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Matt Holliday.


Cardinals C Yadier Molina earns Platinum Glove award


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named the top defender in the National League Friday, winning the Platinum Glove for the third time in five years.

Molina received his seventh straight Gold Glove award for his work behind the plate this season, and he'll add another trophy to the mantle after Friday's announcement. Molina was charged with just two errors in his 107 games this season.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tried to talk his way into the team's starting lineup Thursday, according to the USA Today. 

Molina is dealing with an oblique injury, and is still having trouble swinging a bat. Tony Cruz will get the start with Molina on the bench. 


Cardinals C Yadier Molina again sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) An oblique injury has Cardinals standout catcher Yadier Molina out of the lineup again Thursday for Game 4 of the National League Championships Series. A.J. Pierzynski is set to start in his place.

Molina, who sustained the injury Sunday, is 5 for 21 in the 2014 postseason.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina to receive cortisone shot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will receive a cortisone shot soon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Molina is attempting to fight through an oblique injury. Though the issue kept him out of the starting lineup Tuesday, Molina has been adamant that his season isn't done. Molina will likely receive an injection Tuesday or Wednesday. 


Cardinals might consider using Molina as defensive replacement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Although Yadier Molina (oblique) is not starting in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants, the Cardinals have not ruled out using him as a defensive replacement Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Though, Molina is not scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to manager Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals' medical staff said Molina can't hurt himself further, according to USA Today. It's just a pain-tolerance issue.


A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.