While several teams spent Wednesday finalizing last-minute trade deals before the 3:00 P.M. Trade Deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals were announcing that their star catcher has been placed on the disabled list.
After Yadier Molina was taken out of Tuesday’s double-header against Pittsburgh, he told ESPN.com that he was expecting to be placed on the DL. On Wednesday, the team announced he had indeed been placed on the 15-day disabled list, with a right knee sprain. Outfielder Shane Robinson was also placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain, but Molina is the obvious problem at hand.
Molina had an MRI performed on his knee, and the results showed only inflammation and swelling with no structural damage. The team is hoping he can return from the disabled list when eligible. He had previously been dealing with a right knee sprain for over a month. After being pulled from Game 2 on Tuesday night, he flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday morning for further examination. Molina said late Tuesday that he tried to play through the pain, but believes rest is a better option and is thankful there is no major damage to the knee.
The Cardinals were interested in a few different players, including Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro. He would’ve been a solid insurance backup in case Molina were to have suffered a major injury. However the team admitted they didn’t want to trade anything of value to get Navarro, especially since he is expected to return to the linup.
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