Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:55:33 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) hopes to be cleared to begin swinging a bat Wednesday, Aug. 20, or Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Molina is on track to return before the end of the season. Keep your expectations in check, though.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:48:52 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) said he hopes to start swinging a bat at some point next week. Molina said he is not feeling any pain in the thumb since the hard cast was removed from his hand.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:53:24 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) caught his first bullpen session Thursday, Aug. 14. The Cardinals are hopeful Molina may return sooner than originally expected.
Fantasy Tip: Don't expect anything more than a few weeks of contribution from Molina to conclude the season. Additionally, his thumb injury could hinder his hitting, especially his power.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:49:22 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) had the cast removed from his right thumb and is wearing a splint.
Fantasy Tip: He still probably at least three weeks from returning.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:45:28 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Molina may be an option for the St. Louis Cardinals to replace C Yadier Molina (thumb), in the opinion of ESPN's Buster Olney, who believes the Rays will listen to a trade offer.
Fantasy Tip: Molina would only be valuable as a league crossover commodity for NL-only players. He has done little at the plate, as usual.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:10 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals intend to take time to research the market for a catcher, after losing C Yadier Molina (thumb) for an extended period of time. They do not need to make a move before the All-Star break. Seattle Mariners C John Buck could be a trade target.
Fantasy Tip: Buck has always been a solid source of power, but he struggles to hit for average. He would be worth an addition in NL-only leagues; if he joins the Cardinals. A.J. Pierzynski could also be an option for the Cardinals, as he was recently demoted by the Boston Red Sox. Pierzynski would also be a solid NL-only target, if he joined St. Louis.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:55:12 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) has a torn ligament in his thumb and will be out eight to 12 weeks.
Fantasy Tip: This is a prolonged period of time and could end Molina's season. He is worth stashing in a disabled list slot in all formats, but fantasy owners should not bank on him helping significantly again in 2014. Tony Cruz should see the majority of starts behind the plate. In NL-only formats, Cruz's value goes up considerably.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:47:18 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) went for an MRI on his sprained thumb Wednesday, July 9. Manager Mike Matheny said the team will know more Thursday, July 10.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:28:24 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) officially left the game Wednesday, July 9, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a sprained right thumb, and he will be re-evaluated. He is considered day to day.
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:07:54 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (thumb) left the game in the bottom of the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pinch hitter. He injured his thumb sliding in the bottom of the second inning, but remained in the game initially. However, he appeared to be shaking the thumb when in on defense, and he was removed when he returned to the dugout.
Fantasy Tip: This bears watching, as Molina is one of the top catchers in the game. He could have been lifted as a precaution, and it is no big deal. He will likely go for further tests, and more information will be available later.