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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: 11 | Salary: $14,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 81/56 | Average Draft Position: 100.40
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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.


Yadier Molina to begin rehab assignment Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday, according to News-Leader.

Molina is expected to go through a full workout Tuesday. If that goes as expected, Molina will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday. He's been out since July 9 due to a thumb injury. It's unclear how many games Molina will play before he's activated. 


Yadier Molina set for full workout Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (thumb) is scheduled to take part in a full workout session on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to start a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield this week, according to FOX Sports Midwest.

Yadier Molina takes some hacks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was able to take some light swings Wednesday, according to CBSSports Radio.

Molina is working his way back from a thumb injury. He remains ahead of schedule and could return sooner than expected. Molina hit .287/.341/.409 over 303 at-bats. 


Yadier Molina needs to be owned again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2014) With the news he's been cleared to swing a bat and will do so within the next couple days, Yadier Molina needs to be added in virtually all of the 38 percent of leagues where he was dropped in early July, when the world learned he needed thumb surgery.

At the time, he was expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but as I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my-rest-of-season rankings, swinging a bat would seem to the biggest hurdle following surgery on his thumb. The Cardinals are fighting for their lives right now, caught in a tight battle for both the NL Central title and the wild card, so they'd like to have him back as soon as possible.

Besides, the surgery was nearly six weeks ago, so even if his return is still two weeks away, a player of his caliber is worth that sort of wait.

Molina was in a deep funk at the time of his injury and still ranked sixth among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. He ranked fourth and first in those formats a year ago.


Yadier Molina could begin swinging in next two days


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina continues to make progress in his recovery from a thumb injury, and told FOXSportsMidwest.com he expects to be cleared to swing a bat for the first time either Wednesday or Thursday.

Molina has been out since July 9 as a result of the injury, and is still aiming for a September return. 


Yadier Molina close to swinging a bat


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina told FOXSportsMidwest.com Friday he expects to be cleared to start swinging a bat next week, as he continues to recover from a thumb injury.

Molina, who is recovering from thumb surgery in early July, was able to catch a bullpen session Thursday. He is expected back sometime in September. 


Yadier Molina catches bullpen session Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session Thursday, according to MLB.com.

It was the first time Molina performed the task since his thumb surgery. The club is hopeful Molina can return sooner than initially expected. He's been out since July 9 with a thumb injury. 


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


Yadier Molina has hard cast replaced by splint


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had the hard cast removed from his injured thumb and is now wearing a splint that allows for increased mobility, per MLB.com. Molina is expected to increase activity after the five-week rest period, which will expire this week.

Yadier Molina making progress in recovery from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said catcher Yadier Molina, who has been out nearly four weeks due to a torn ligament in his right thumb, is making progress with his recovery, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

However, Molina still isn't expected back until late September and is not even at the ballpark as he recovers from the injury.

"What we’re hearing is good," Matheny said. "There’s not a lot going on. It’s just healing time."


Pair of Cardinals undergo successful surgery Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) 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.