During Friday night's game in Milwaukee, C Yadier Molina, took a foul ball off his right knee, while catching in the 4th inning. He remained in the game for the extent of the at-bat, and even came out for the 5th inning but was removed while SP, Carlos Martinez, warmed up. Tony Cruz finished the game behind the plate. (Source: STLToday)
Fantasy Impact: It seems like Molina probably has a bruise from the impact of the ball, and this shouldn't be a major concern. Right now he is being listed as day-to-day, and it is probably safe to assume that he won't be in the lineup on Saturday night. He could also miss Sunday's game too, but If he doesn't play on Monday against the Phillies then you can be concerned.
St. Louis Cardinals C, Yadier Molina, helped the Cardinals to best the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night with a 3-hit performance, which included his 2nd RBI, and raised his AVG to .240.
Fantasy Impact: Molina had a terrible spring followed by a slow start, but his timing is coming around and he is starting to swing with more authority. Although, all of the hits were singles, tonight could help jump start his offense. Expect the power to show up soon.
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St. Louis Cardinals, C, Yadier Molina, went 0-for-2 from the plate with a pair of strikeouts and walks, which means that he failed to put a ball in play, in a game with four plate appearances, for just the fourth time in his 1352 game career. If that wasn't unusual enough for the veteran catcher, he also allowed a passed ball, which happened just three times in 104 games (as a catcher) last year.
Fantasy Impact: Injuries in 2014 limited Molina to just 110 games, which was the least he has played in since he was first called up in 2004. As a result, Molina used the offseason to drop 20 pounds, which subsequently led to easily the worst Spring Training of his career. Normally, a model of consistency, it is hard to predict what to expect this season from the Cardinals backstop.
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Yadier Molina lost 20 pounds over the offseason. He was quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch "I want to be ready for the season, I can catch every day." Molina had a handful of injuries last year, which prevented him from playing more then 110 games. (Source: Rick Hummel)
Fantasy Impact: Losing 20 pounds should do wonders for Molina's knees and should ease some pressure on them. However, his major injury was due to a torn ligament in his thumb for sliding into a base. The predictions on his performance this season have been a mixed bag. Spring Training should shed some light as he progresses.