Cardinals activate Yadier Molina from disabled list

Yadier Molina is back from the DL for the Cardinals.
Yadier Molina is back from the DL for the Cardinals. (USATSI)

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All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, the Cardinals announced Thursday. He has been on the shelf since July 30 with soreness in his right knee.

Molina, 31, is hitting .330/.374/.479 with 30 doubles, eight homers and 54 RBI in 98 games this year. Throw in his outstanding defense behind the dish and he's an MVP candidate. The Cardinals are 56-38 in games he starts and 12-13 when he doesn't.

The timing of Molina's return couldn't be much better. The Cardinals are three back of the Pirates and only a half-game ahead of the Reds for the first wild-card spot with a game Thursday against the Pirates. St. Louis has dropped seven of its past nine to Pittsburgh.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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