by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) After going 0 for 5 the night before, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Mets. He is batting .370 with three RBI and a .457 slugging percentage in May.
It was just the second game the 30-year-old did not start behind the plate for St. Louis this season.
"We knew it was going to happen one of these days on this homestand," manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "As it heats up, the heat beats on you behind the plate. We'll be keeping a close eye on him, but he's really felt good.
"Yesterday was one of the first days where it didn't look like everything was on, timing wise, as far as his swing goes, and that was it more than anything. Physically, he feels good, just trying to get a day to get himself back into a good rhythm."
Yadier Molina playing a ton this season
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has played in 30 of the team's 31 games this season.
Molina was removed from Sunday's game after taking a pitch off his hand but expects to be ready to play Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Molina has been able to control his intensity this year, which has allowed him to play in more games, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He’s always tempered down his style of play the way he’s more efficient now behind the plate," Matheny said. "I think he’s really realized how to keep the intensity but not kill himself every single game so that he has something left in the tank."
Molina doesn't seem worn out with the extra playing time. He's hitting .328/.361/.457 in 116 at-bats.
Yadier Molina raps three hits against Reds
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina recorded three hits in Monday's game against Cincinnati.
Molina doubled and knocked in a run as well. He's hitting a sharp .312/.347/.452 as he continues to prove he's more than just a defensive threat.
Yadier Molina gets first day off
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will get his first day off Friday against the Phillies, Fox Sports Midwest reports.
Tony Cruz replaces Molina in the lineup. The platinum glover is hitting .300/.323/.483 with two home runs in his first 15 games.
Yadier Molina posts three-hit day
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina notched his first three-hit day of the season Thursday in his team's 4-3 win over the Phillies. He drove in two runs with his double and two singles and swiped his first base of the year while raising his season line to .300/.323/.483.
Yadier Molina homers, doubles
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina collected his team's only two extra-base hits in a 2-0 win over the Brewers Friday night, connecting on his second double and second home run of the year.
Molina has hit .275/.310/.475 with seven runs and five RBI in 42 plate appearances this season.
Yadier Molina drives in run vs. Reds
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had his fourth RBI in Monday's series opener against the Reds.
He drove in Allen Craig with a single in the fourth inning and finished 1 for 3 in the 13-4 loss.
Molina is batting .250 (7 for 28) through seven games.
Yadier Molina hits first home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit his first home run of the season Wednesday.
Molina lead off the seventh inning against Brad Ziegler, and hit the second pitch of the at-bat in the stands. Molina has steadily increased his power in the past few seasons, clubbing a career-high 22 homers last year.
Molina went 2 for 7, with two runs scored and three RBI. He played in all 16 innings, so he could be given a day off soon.
Yadier Molina keeps post-WBC hit streak alive
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina picked up a single in his three trips to the plate Thursday against the Marlins, extending his post-WBC hitting streak to four games. Since rejoining the Cardinals, Molina is 7 for 12 with a home run and four RBI in four games. He looks ready to start the regular season off strong.
Yadier Molina back behind the plate for Cards
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina saw his first Grapefruit League action since March 2 Saturday against the Marlins. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI in the 6-5 loss.
Molina, who had been with Team Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic, is 6 for 15 (.400) with five RBI through six spring games.
Molina could see time at first
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/25/2013) St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Monday that the team has considered giving catcher Yadier Molina some reps at first base, The Associated Press reports. The possibility was sparked by nagging injuries to Allen Craig -- the Cardinals' starer -- and Matt Adams, and the fact that Molina could play some first base for Puerto Rico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Molina has served primarily behind the plate during his nine-year career in the majors, producing a career .279 batting average and .336 on-base percentage.