St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina to miss a month
The St. Louis Cardinals received some bad news after yesterday’s win over the Chicago Cubs in walk off fashion.
Even though the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Cubs in extra innings in yesterday’s game, it came at a price. This morning Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirmed All-Star catcher Yadier Molina underwent surgery to his groin area and will miss a month of game action. Ortiz reported on Twitter he was trying to confirm the news last night, but did not have anything for nine hours. President of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed the news this morning.
Molina left the game in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game following a foul tip off a Jordan Hicks‘ 102 fastball to the groin area. Molina went down in severe pain, and Francisco Pena replaced him to finish out the game. At the time no one how serious the injury was, but anyone can guess after seeing the video (the video will not be posted out of respect to Molina).
The club has not made an official statement about the injury, but we will have more once they do.
"Molina undergoes surgery, expected to be out for at least a month https://t.co/PDia0Qw9Di via @stltoday #STLCards— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) May 6, 2018Molina undergoes surgery, expected to be out for at least a month https://t.co/PDia0Qw9Di via @stltoday #STLCards— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) May 6, 2018"
The St. Louis Cardinals take a heavy blow to their offense and pitching staff. Molina was batting .272/.292/.456 to start off the season. He started out brilliantly with six home runs in March/April and seemed to prove the doubters wrong on where he should hit in the lineup. Molina certainly cooled down a bit in the latter part of April, but still managed to contribute in key moments. He has also helped the Cardinals’ pitching staff win some important games lately.
In response, the St. Louis Cardinals will call up prospect Carson Kelly to be the everyday man until Molina is back in action. It’s certainly not how you wanted Kelly to come up, but it’s time to see what he can do in an everyday role. He is currently batting .234/.337/.364 in triple-A Memphis with two home runs and eleven RBI.
Get well soon Yadi. The St. Louis Cardinals will rally behind you and keep fighting!