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While the St. Louis Cardinals were able to activate one catcher yesterday, they also lost another for a significant period to injury. St. Louis activated All-Star backstop Yadier Molina from the disabled list, making room for him on the roster by placing Tony Cruz on the DL with a fractured forearm, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
Cruz is dealing with a stress fracture in his left forearm, an injury that the Cardinals believe will sideline him for roughly a month. The stress fracture was revealed when an MRI was taken Monday. While doctors said that continuing to play would risk a more significant break, St. Louis continued to play Cruz Tuesday and Wednesday, knowing Molina was set to return on Thursday.
"It was bothering me quite a bit, but that's part of
the game," Cruz said. "I tried to stay in there as long as I could. I
wouldn't say it got worse [by playing regularly], but it definitely wasn't
getting any better."
Cruz said he wasn't sure exactly when the fracture was suffered, as he told reporters it was more an injury of attrition. He's been wearing a compression sleeve on his arm for weeks due to the discomfort.
It's pretty amazing that Cruz was playing through the fracture for who knows how long. You'd have to assume that were this a Molina or Buster Posey, the team would have immediately sent the player to the DL when the fracture was revealed. Considering Cruz is someone that is thought of as easier to replace, and with Molina set to come off the DL, the Cardinals rolled the dice and kept him in there.
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