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Yadier Molina The scariest thing for Cardinals Nation happened this past weekend when catcher Yadier Molina had to sit out games due to pain in his knee. The National League leader in batting average underwent an MRI, but thankfully the results showed only inflammation. Nevertheless Molina is the club’s most valuable player so even cautionary medical procedures are alarming. The Cardinals should take advantage of a light upcoming schedule and give Yadi rest this week leading up to the All-Star break. The St. Louis Cardinals have had an unusual amount of off days leading up to the All-Star break and now they should use this time to give more rest to their star catcher. They have a two game series with the Astros and a weekend series with the Cubs. With two of the worst teams in the Majors on their schedule, the Cardinals should try playing without Molina, at least for the first two games against Houston. If they struggle mightily for some reason with Tony Cruz filling the catcher position, they can always put Yadi back in heading into the weekend. Most likely the Cards will be able to prevail against the lowly Astros anyway and that would give Yadi two more days of rest, with the option of holding him out for more games during the weekend. It will be tough to keep Yadi out if he thinks he is healthy enough to play because he is a gamer who always wants to be in the lineup, but this minor injury of his needs to be looked at with a long term approach. The division is not going to be won in early July. Manager Mike Matheny, no stranger to the grind of being a big league catcher, has played Molina a lot so far this season, only recently giving him substantial rest. Yadi has played in 81 of the team’s 87 games thus far. Now is the time to take advantage of the schedule, especially with the All-Star break approaching, and get Yadi close to 100% healthy going into the second half. Yadi was voted an All-Star starter by the fans, so he will have to play at least a few innings in the midsummer classic next Tuesday. But the Cards do not play until Friday after the break, so if they can manage to hold Yadi out for the two against the Astros, plus another one against the Cubs, that would mean Yadi would only have to play a handful of games in two week span. That would be a well deserved break for the toughest catcher in baseball.
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In a somewhat surprising move, but one that was long overdue, the Cardinals release Ty Wigginton and called up catcher Rob Johnson from AAA Memphis. Johnson is needed as Yadier Molina is banged up and the Cards need an extra catcher for insurance.
However, this is only a temporary assignment for Johnson, as once Molina is healthy, its likely that Johnson will be sent back to AAA...
Michael Vine noticed something on the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium. (He snapped the pic below, apparently from his TV.) So, Vine wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper: Derrick... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
The success of the St. Louis Cardinals largely can be attributed to the contributions of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, two of the team's five selections to the NL All-Star squad.
Molina could return to the lineup after receiving positive news regarding his injury, and Wainwright will start one day earlier than scheduled as St. Louis hosts the Houston Astros on Tuesday night...
The Baby Birds finished with a 5-2 record on Monday. Peoria, Palm Beach, State College, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards were all winners while Memphis and Springfield took the only 2 losses.
In the upper minors, Boone Whiting made it through 5 innings for the first time in 4 starts but still took the loss as the Memphis bats were silent. Jake Lemmerman hit a 3-run home run and Stephen...
The Cardinals have made a name for themselves among big league teams not only by winning lots of games (and rings), but for their young, power arms. Names like Miller, Siegrist, Butler, Maness, Rosenthal, Gast, and Lyons have become synonymous with an exciting trend for the Cardinals: a reliance on the farm system for a seemingly endless supply of power arms to bolster the pen. The...
The St. Louis Cardinals have traded struggling reliever Mitchell Boggs to Colorado for the Rockies' international signing bonus slot No. 4.
Boggs was 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA in 18 games for the Cardinals this season. He was demoted to Triple-A Memphis, where he went 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 games.
The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-15 with a 4.15 ERA in 232 games for St. Louis...
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Tonight's broadcasts of the Cardinals-Astros game on FOX Sports Midwest and the Cardinals Radio Network will feature a live auction of exclusive, one-of-a-kind Cardinals experiences benefiting Cardinals Care.
The FOX Sports Midwest broadcast auction begins with the first pitch and continues through the seventh inning. The radio auction starts during the pregame...
With the minor league season hitting its half way point in mid-June, our July top 20 prospect list has not changed much this month. We lost Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist from the top 20 due to extended major league playing time. Maness falls out of the top 10 and Anthony Garcia, who was our June Player of the Month, re-enters the top 10 at #9. The top 8 from June stay the same....
Six player moves affecting six levels were announced by the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The Baby Birds finished Tuesday with a 4-1 record. Winners were Memphis, Palm Beach, State College, and Johnson City. The GCL Cards were the only losers and Springfield and Peoria were off for the night.
In the upper minors, pitching carried the night for Memphis. Scott McGregor was solid and he was backed up by Sam Freeman and Fernando Salas. Tommy Pham had 2 hits including...
The St. Louis Cardinals enter the last two series before the All-Star Break one-half of a game ahead of the Pirates with an MLB-best record of 53-34. The Cardinals start a two game series with the Astros at Busch tonight, and then the team travels to Chicago to take on the lowly Cubs for a four game set.
With the Pirates facing off against the AL West-leading Athletics for...
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Wednesday July 10th, 2013.
Games – 15
AL Games – 6
NL Games – 6
IL Games – 3
American League Games (6):
Kansas City Royals (43-44) @ New York Yankees (48-42) – 7:05 PM
Wade Davis (4-7, 5.42) takes the mound for Kansas City in hopes to win a third game and the series against Ivan Nova (3-2, 4.09) and the Yankees. Kansas...