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Friday, October 17, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Yadier Molina not able to pinch hit

By on 10/17/2014 01:45:00 PM

The St Louis Cardinals suffered a loss to the San Francisco Giants last night 6-3, ending their bid for the World Series.  The Cardinals only won one of the five games played during the American League Championship Series due in large part to the oblique injury suffered by star catcher Yadier Molina during game two Sunday.

Molina suffered a strained left oblique after hitting a ground ball in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game.  He was immediately replaced by backup catcher Tony CruzAnn Killion of reported yesterday afternoon that Molina tried to talk his way into the Cardinals lineup for game five, but manager Mike Matheny did not write him into the lineup and he did not pinch hit during the game.

Considered one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, Molina played in 110 games this season, sitting out 40 games from July 10 to August 29 with a torn ligament in his thumb.  He batted .282/.333/.386 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs in the regular season.  Known more for his defense than his offense, Molina played 107 of his 110 games as catcher, committing only two errors with a .998 fielding percentage.  Molina has played all ten years of his Major League career with the Cardinals and is under contract thru 2017. 

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