Apr 4, 2010, 10:23 AM EST
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been on the shelf for a little over a week with an oblique injury. He hasn’t totally been ruled out for Opening Day, and the team’s recent run of roster decisions suggest that management does not believe the injury to be serious.
The Cards are bringing only two catchers to Cincinnati, where they open the 2010 season against the Reds: Molina and 36-year-old Jason LaRue.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the backup, LaRue, is likely to start Monday’s opener. He went 9-for-36 this spring with one home run and six RBI in 18 Grapefruit League games and is a .232/.316/.398 career hitter over more than 2,500 major league at-bats. As a backup to the defensively stellar Molina, he sees very little time behind the plate during the regular season.
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