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Yadier Molina back in Cardinals’ lineup Thursday

Aug 30, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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The Cardinals were given a scare on Tuesday when catcher Yadier Molina was forced to make an early exit after a nasty collision at home plate with the Pirates’ Josh Harrison. But all is back to normal.

According to Jen Langosch of, Molina is back in the St. Louis starting lineup on Thursday night against the Nationals. He suffered neck, back and shoulder strains in Tuesday’s collision but will play through whatever discomfort remains as the Cardinals kick off a crucial four-game series in the nation’s capital.

Molina, 30, is batting .325/.375/.511 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI in 111 games this season.

The Rebirds enter play Thursday with a 71-59 record, ranking second in the National League Central.

  1. firemarshal1 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    This typical St. Louis style, rush the player back in the line up without looking out for the player’s safety. The St. Louis organization needs to take the lead for Molina, and not let him play for least two weeks for a serious concussion. The player’s safety should come first as a precaution to Molina’s health. Previous examples, Carpenter and Wainwright were both poorly managed with their pitch management. I call it like I see it.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      You can’t be serious. Hahaha! And ummm…he didn’t receive a concussion. Past all tests.
      Take a look at innings caught in MLB over the last several years and you will see #4 is at the top on a year in…year out basis. Yadi is a baseball player. That’s what he does.

  2. firemarshal1 - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Yadier, you take it easy. From experience, you could easily develop headaches, blur vision, vertigo, and depression if you rush it.

    • bigleagues - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Or not.

      Oh and I’m just guessing but I don’t think Yadier reads this.

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