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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%: 97/79 | Average Draft Position: 142.71
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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.

Cardinals' Yadier Molina remains hopeful of playing again in NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Although Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday his "season isn't over" after suffering an oblique injury Sunday, it seems doubtful he will play again in the NLCS, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Though, it seems Molina is still holding out hope of making a very quick recovery.

"He is smart enough to know that if he can't help, he will step aside," Molina's longtime agent Melvin Roman said. "But if he can contribute, he will go for it. He will do everything in his power to try to play. You know Yadi, he will try."

Roman added, however, if Molina attempts to play, then it probably won't be until Game 4 at the earliest.


Yadier Molina day-to-day, remains on active roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (oblique) is day to day after playing catch Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Manager Mike Matheny said Molina has been "watch and see," but the catcher threw well Monday and remains on the active roster for the National League Championship Series. However, Molina has yet to swing a bat and will likely need to clear that hurdle before being inserted into the lineup. Matheny refused to name a starting catcher for Tuesday's Game 3 action, but it's near certain A.J. Pierzynski will get the start against his former team.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina travels with club to San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina traveled with the team to San Francisco, but his status remains uncertain for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina aggravated a left oblique strain that he suffered earlier in Game 2 on Sunday. The injury could knock him out for the remainder of the postseason, depending on further evaluation, according to the Associated Press.

Molina batted .238 (5 for 21) with a double and two runs scored this postseason.


Yadier Molina the lone bright spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was the lone bright spot Wednesday against the Cubs.

Molina was the only player on the club with two hits during the game. He singled twice against Chicago and scored St. Louis' only run of the game. He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored. 


Yadier Molina a no-go Thursday against Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Slumping Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been given the afternoon off for their Thursday game in Cincinnati. A.J. Pierzynski is set to start instead.

Molina is 6 for 34 in September and hasn't homered since June 27. He still owns a respectable stat line of .280/.338/.386.


Yadier Molina returns from DL as expected Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back in the lineup Friday for the first time since July, after he was activated from the disabled list.

Molina recovered more quickly than expected from thumb surgery, but could be eased back into action of the next week or so while he gets his footing again. Molina was hitting .287/.341/.409 in 303 at-bats prior to the injury.


Yadier Molina driving back to St. Louis for Friday's game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will drive back to St. Louis following Thursday's Double-A rehab game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina will catch five innings Thursday, and drive back to St. Louis. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Molina will push to be activated for Friday's game. Molina has been out since July 9 due to thumb surgery. 


Yadier Molina begins rehab assignment Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina began a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield Wednesday, going 2 for 3 at the plate and catching six innings.

Molina has been sidelined since undergoing thumb surgery in early July, but he could return to the team this weekend if all goes well with his rehab assignment. Molina has hit .287/.341/.409 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 303 at-bats.


Report: Yadier Molina could return to Cardinals this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Catcher Yadier Molina could return behind the plate for the Cardinals as early as this weekend against the visiting Cubs, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina is set to start a rehab stint from Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and catch as many as five or six innings. He has been out since undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand in early July.