All-Star and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina is set to rejoin St. Louis Cardinals when they play the Chicago Cubs tonight.
There is no word yet on who will be taken off the roster but speculation currently leads to a pitcher being removed.
Molina played his first game on Wednesday since being removed against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 9. While playing for Springfield on Wednesday, the catcher went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double. Molina caught six innings behind the plate.
Originally predicted to to miss 8-12 weeks of the season, Molina will have ended up with missing forty games.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all to know that he worked his tail off to get back as soon as possible,” pitcher Shelby Miller said according to MLB.com. “Getting Yadi back is going to be a huge help for us down the stretch. We’re trying to make a run, and I think it’s going to be huge to have him around to help with that.”
Miller isn’t alone. Ask anybody and they will tell you just how valuable Molina is to this Cardinals roster. During the 40 games that Molina missed, the Cardinals allowed 25 stolen bases. Molina allowed 22 stolen bases in the 83 games that he has played while throwing out 49% of runners attempting to steal a base. The combination of Tony Cruz, A.J. Pierzynski and George Kottaras have only thrown out 11% of basestealers in the past seven weeks of play.
“I think he can have a huge impact, and I think anybody in baseball would want to have him on their club in any capacity,” manager Mike Matheny said according to MLB.com. “We want to have him right, too, so we have to see how he looks when he gets back. The leadership he brings, everything, the package, is important.”