(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals have shuffled their catching ranks as Yadier Molina has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb tendon strain, retroactive to May 29th.
“We did an MRI this morning and that indicated that there is some damage to the tendon in his thumb,” President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak stated. “We’ll have him see a specialist this afternoon as well. Probably have a better idea of maybe length and what to expect by sometime tomorrow morning.”
Molina experienced pain in the thumb as recently as May 26th against Atlanta, but x-rays at the time were negative. He continued to play until the 29th, sitting out the Cardinals last two games in Philadelphia.
As of now, surgery is not expected for Molina.
“That has not been indicated to this point, so my concern would be very low,” Mozeliak said.
At the time of his injury, Molina led all catchers with 416.2 innings behind the plate and still ranks first with 50 games started.
“It didn’t affect catching, throwing, it just affected him swinging the bat,” Manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s just a slight little tear between the thumb and the webbing, his right finger rather. It’s just something he’s not going to be able to–if he could, if anybody could, it’d be Yadi but it makes sense for him to go on the IL and we’ll evaluate as we go.”
Rookie Andrew Knizner has had his contract purchased from Memphis (AAA) and will be available for the Cardinals in their game tonight against Chicago, but veteran Matt Wieters will start the majority of games in Molina’s absence.
The 24-year old Knizner has hit .286 with 5 home runs, 17 RBI and eight doubles in 37 games for Memphis this season. He has also thrown out 17-of-32 attempted base stealers (53.1%), which leads the Pacific Coast League.
Knizner will wear uniform number 7.
With Knizner moving to the active roster, catcher Jose Godoy has been promoted from Springfield (AA) to Memphis. The switch-hitting Godoy was hitting .272 at Springfield.
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