MLB Suspends Molina

Major League Baseball has handed down disciplinary measures from Sunday’s incident between Yadier Molina and Arizona manager Torey Lovullo.

The Diamondbacks skipper has received a one-game suspension, which will be served tonight, and an undisclosed fine.

Molina received a one-game suspension for his actions during the incident, which included making contact with Umpire Tim Timmons. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

The suspension has been appealed by Molina, which allows him to play in tonight’s game and until the process is complete.

There is speculation that Molina could choose to end his appeal and serve the suspension tomorrow–an afternoon game in which the Cardinals are expected to give Francisco Pena his first start of the season.

Because of the disciplinary nature, a roster move is not allowed to temporarily replace Molina, so Greg Garcia would likely be first up as emergency catcher if needed. But not having Molina would also leave the St. Louis bench especially short-handed if Jose Martinez is unavailable.

Though not in the lineup tonight, it appears Martinez will be able to avoid the disabled list after suffering an Achilles contusion when stepped on by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain in last night’s game.

“I’m feeling way better today,” shared Martinez, who lobbied Mike Matheny to play this evening. “Maybe today as a pinch-hitter, maybe, but I think for sure tomorrow I’ll be in the lineup.”

Martinez was forced to leave last night’s game due to a right Achilles contusion, suffered when he was stepped on by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain trying to beat out an infield hit at first.

“They’re extremely optimistic and he’s talking like it’s nothing,” said Matheny. “But I trust the trainers, they said it’s something–but not structural, just kind of a bruise and that’s a day to day. There’s a potential that he could be available off the bench today which is encouraging to hear.”

Sent home from the ballpark last night with medicine and some other treatment to follow, Jose was diligent in his efforts before getting some sleep.

“I went to bed really late just to get everything done,” said Martinez. “I started moving around and said ‘oh yes, it feels better.’ It was scary last night but thanks to God everything went well. Everything’s bien–great, great. The trainers are surprised at how well I’m progressing.”

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