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The Cardinals activate Yadier Molina

Aug 29, 2014, 5:38 PM EST

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A big, big part of the Cardinals is back tonight: Yadier Molina has been activated and is in the lineup.

Molina went 5 for 6 with three doubles in two rehab games, so he’s ready to go. Tonight he’s catching and batting sixth against the Cubs. To make room for him, Tony Cruz was sent down. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the backup.

Molina’s last game was July 9. At the time he was hitting .287/.341/.409 with seven homers and 30 RBI.

  1. miguelcairo - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Yadiiii. Now Sal Perez’s arm will go back as #2.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Wow, a full week earlier than I had thought, being conservative!

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Per Miklasz, they definitely missed more than “just” his bat:

      4. The backup catchers worked hard and did the best they could. But the facts are what they are. With Molina down, opponents swiped 26 bases in 29 attempts, Cards’ starting pitchers had a 4.61 ERA, and the catchers combined to hit for a .530 OPS.

      • spudchukar - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Not to say “I told you so”, but I told you so.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        You can gladly “tell me so” on this.

      • spudchukar - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Understand.

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