Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina To Remain On Playoff Roster

Yadier Molina strained his oblique in Game 1, which has him down but not out.

St. Louis Today reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Yadier Molina will remain on the active postseason roster. Molina suffered an oblique strain Sunday night in the Cardinals’ 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Molina felt the pain during his first at-bat, but played through it until the sixth inning when the pain became unbearable. Molina stood doubled over in pain after his sixth inning at-bat when he grounded into a double play. He could not even run out the ground ball. He was replaced in the game by backup catcher Tony Cruz.

The Cardinals were carrying three catchers on their NLCS roster, which could be crucial. This means that the Cardinals can take a wait-and-see approach in regards to Molina and whether he will need a DL stint. If the Cardinals do place him on the disabled list, Molina would miss the World Series if the Cardinals were to advance. Carrying two extra catchers means that they won’t have to make a hasty decision.

Molina did travel with the team to San Francisco for Game 3. He has not been ruled out as the starter for the game, but Molina did say that he may only be able “to contribute in some other way.”

When asked if he season was over, Molina replied “It’s not over.”

The All-Star was able to play catch on Monday afternoon, but has not tried to swing a bat. That next step will likely come sometime on Tuesday. That will also be the litmus test to determine whether Molina stays on the active postseason roster or not.