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Cardinals seeking catching help, suggesting that Yadier Molina’s knee injury is serious

Jul 31, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina made an early exit from Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss to the Pirates with what is being labeled a right knee sprain. He is back in St. Louis on Wednesday for an MRI, which is expected to yield a more exact diagnosis.

It’s probably safe to assume the injury is serious.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals have suddenly changed course and are looking to add a new catcher before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson are the current options behind the plate for St. Louis.

Molina, 31, is widely regarded as the best defensive catcher in baseball and was batting .330/.374/.479 with eight home runs and 54 RBI through 98 games this season. He’s irreplaceable, but the Cards will try.

It’s probably worth noting that Kelly Shoppach just opted out of his contract with the Nationals.

The Cardinals are currently 1 1/2 games back of the Pirates in the National League Central standings.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The news just keeps getting better!
    It would have really been great had the organization realized Yadier’s knee was bothering him sooner. You know…like a week (or three) prior to the all star break. Naturally, had they known this at that time it would have allowed them to address it immediately while giving him ample rest.

    *s/

    • biasedhomer - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      On the bright side, at least they have a few hours to make a deal.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Gee…wonderful point Homer. Thanks. Thanks a lot. That is very comforting.
        “A few hours to make a deal.”

  2. michaeljacksonisback - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Fire Mike Matheny

    • cohnjusack - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Umm…okay. Any particular reason?

      People get injured. Pretty often. Especially catchers. I’m sure Matheny is probably the most aware of this of pretty much any manager out there.

  3. Russell Cecala Jr - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Still see the Cards winning at least one playoff series. Overall lineup is just too strong. Molina is a big setback however, and I don’t know if they will win the division without him.

  4. twinsfanstl - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Twins send Doumit, Cards send mid level SS prospect. Do it now

    • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Not bad.

  5. paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    They should inquire about McCann’s availability.

    /s

  6. chaser44 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Carlos ruiz perhaps?

    • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Considering what non-amphetamine Ruiz looks like, I don’t think he qualifies as “help”.

      • chaser44 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        He has always been and still is an excellent defensive catcher who calls a great game and has the ultimate trust of his pitchers. Not to mention he was suspended for adderall and hit a home run last night. He also has a ton of postseason experience.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Their backup is a good defensive catcher.

        Postseason = worthless

      • Bob Loblaw - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Typical idiotic comment by a SABR genius who believes that the players are robots and not human beings. Of course postseason experience is not “worthless”. Unless everybody is built the same exact way. Which is as ludicrous as saying that the postseason is “worthless”. Kinda like the stupidity that it takes to make the statement that the first inning can ever be as stressful as the 9th inning or that your first at bat with nobody on base can ever be as stressful as an bat down 2 in the bottom of the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series with your team down a run.

        “Postseason = worthless” is just stupid stupid stupid.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Typical response by someone that thinks experience somehow replaces ability. The experience itself is worthless in that it does not confer benefit to the individual that had the experience. Feel free to point out all of the recent WS winners that benefited from their experience….as opposed to just being better or luckier. There have been all kinds of heroics by guys without experience…indeed, the ratio of heroics by inexperienced vs experience guys is exactly the same as the ratio of inexperience to experienced players in the league.

  7. Stiller43 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Twinsfanstl,

    The cards have seen enough of doumit facing pitttsburgh over the years, and they know that he has a noodle arm and is WAY too injury prone…

  8. upperdecker19 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Paging Spanky LaVallierre

  9. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    On the bright sude the pirates are now almost garneted a playoff spot

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      On who’s bright side?

  10. spudchukar - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    With Shoppach available, look for the Cards to go there. Not much offense, but OK defensively with experience, and probably an upgrade over Johnson, or the Cards go with 3 catchers if Molina is DL’d.

  11. delusionalcubsfan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    How about Dioner Navarro? Decent defense, calls a great game, pretty solid bat .281 BA, 9 HR, 20 RBI. Of course, you might have to pay a little extra trading with a division rival :-)

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      You might have called it. If so…you aren’t that “delusional!”

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