St. Louis Cardinals fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While the Cardinals were out at the deadline looking at a possible deal for another back-up catcher, Yadier Molina was getting some good news. He does not have any structural damage in his knee, so he could come off the DL as soon as he is eligible.
Per Matheny: MRI on Yadier Molina right knee showed inflammation/swelling but no structural damage. Team optimistic DL stint may be minimal.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 31, 2013
The Cardinals were reportedly looking at the Chicago Cubs' Dioner Navarro. However, as the deadline came and went, the team remained quiet. It's fortunate, because the Cardinals have a good amount of depth at catcher and if Molina can come back soon, there would have been no reason to make a deal.
Molina went on the DL yesterday thanks to a sprained right knee. He has inflammation, but there was a concern that he could have ligament damage. Fortunately, that's not the case for the All-Star catcher. Molina's season has propelled him into a discussion for NL MVP. He likely won't win, especially with the injury, but it's impressive that he has even had his name mentioned.
This season, Molina is hitting .330/.374/.479. He made his fifth-straight All-Star Game this season and is likely going to win his sixth-straight Gold Glove behind the plate. Molina is probably the most important part of the Cardinals lineup and a big reason why they have performed so well all season. However, they trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by 2.5 games in the NL Central now. It was about as bad a time for Molina to hit the DL as possible.
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