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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina exits game two with strained left oblique

By on 10/12/2014 10:39:00 PM

Disaster may have struck for the St. Louis Cardinals as Yadier Molina exited game two of the National League Championship Series with an injury.
After hitting a ground ball in the sixth inning, Molina did not even run out of the box as he seemed to hold his knee in pain.  Later the announcers reported that it is a strained left oblique that forced Molina out of the game.  Backup catcher Tony Cruz came into replace Molina.

While the Cardinals dealt with an injury to Molina earlier in the season, there is not a more irreplaceable player on the entire roster than him.  Molina is not only the best bat available at the catching position, but he is one of the best defenders in the history of the game behind the plate.  The strong armed catcher blocks balls better than anyone in the game and handles a pitching staff as well as anyone, too.  Almost instantly his absence was noted as Cruz came into the game and a passed ball allowed Giant runners to move into scoring position.

In 110 games this season, Molina has a .282 average with seven homers and 38 RBIs.  While the extent of his injury is not known, oblique injuries are not easy to bounce back from and any loss of time could be crushing for the Cardinals.

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