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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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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. 


Scouting out potential Yadier Molina replacements


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2014) 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
(7/10/2014) 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
(7/10/2014) 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
(7/9/2014) 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..


National League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals


Yadier Molina reaches four times, breaks out of slump


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina snapped out of a cold spell Thursday, with his first multi-hit performance in 10 games in a 7-2 win over the Giants.

Molina, who was hitting just .161 in his previous nine games, went 3 for 4 in the game. Each of his hits was a single, and he added one run scored and one walk in the win.

Molina's last three-hit game came April 23, when he raised his average to a season-high .367. He is hitting .287 overall after Thursday's game, with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 286 at-bats. 


Yadier Molina knocks sixth home run in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Mets Tuesday.

Molina has struggled at the plate in June, hitting .167/.239/.167 in 39 at-bats this month going into Tuesday's game, but he managed to collect his first home run since May 24 in the win. He has hit .283/.332/.408 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 240 at-bats.


Matt Holliday scratched, Yadier Molina starts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday's start against the Blue Jays with tightness in his lower back, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Catcher Yadier Molina, who was scheduled to get another day off, replaced Holliday in the lineup and will serve as the designated hitter.