Martinez and Molina Return

After a month on the disabled list, Yadier Molina will be back behind the plate tonight for the St. Louis Cardinals. He will be joined by Carlos Martinez, who gets the start on the mound and is returning just a few days shy of his own month stint on the DL.

“Pretty special having them both back on the same day,” commented Mike Matheny. “Carlos brings a presence to our club. Obviously, on the mound having a great year and we know the kind of pitcher he can be. And I don’t know if you can say enough about what Yadi would mean to any team and what we know he means to ours. Getting him healthy and getting him back into that mix is something that I believe will give our team a bump–but in the same breath, never forgetting how well a job everybody else did. Especially what Francisco Pena and Carson Kelly were able to do while Yadi was gone.”

Molina has missed the last 26 games after suffering a pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma on May 5th. Martinez was placed on the DL with a lat strain on May 9th. The Cardinals were six games over .500 at that time (20-14) and improved on that by a game with a 12-11 record since.

“I’m proud of guys not getting sucked into the trap of thinking that you have to have every single piece in place in order to have a chance to win,” said Matheny. “That’s what we do, we try and put the distractions aside and then watch a lot of these young guys get in and show people and take that personal when there’s doubt whether or not you can get it done. I think they’re all improving, I think our club’s improving when those opportunities come too. It just gives us more options. But to get our guys back, always excited to get our guys back.”

Besides the returns of Martinez and Molina, the Cardinals also placed infielder Greg Garcia on the paternity list, who welcomed daughter Olivia to the world yesterday. He will be back with the team by Thursday.

St. Louis also purchased the contract of pitcher Preston Guilmet from Memphis (AAA). Catcher Steve Baron was designated for assignment.

In 21 appearances with Memphis this year, Guilmet leads the league with 11 saves and has a 0.93 ERA.

photo credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

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