Molina was released by the Cardinals on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Molina spent all of 2017 pitching in the Mexican League, notching a 1.89 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 23 starts. The 29-year-old will look to find a minor-league deal elsewhere.
Molina signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The 29-year-old righty spent all of 2017 in the Mexican League, spinning an impressive 1.89 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 23 starts for Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. Molina last pitched in the minors in 2016 with the Double-A Richmond, when he posted a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings for the Flying Squirrels. He'll likely serve as organizational pitching depth in 2018.
The White Sox announced Sunday they outrighted pitcher Nestor Molina to Double-A Birmingham, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for September callups.
Shortstop Carlos Sanchez was having an excellent spring for the White Sox, but that could not save him from being optioned Friday to Triple-A Charlotte. Joining him were pitcher Frank De Los Santos and Nestor Molina. The 21-year-old Sanchez was 7 for 13 for a team-best .538 batting average in exhibition play. He also tied for the team lead with two stolen bases.
White Sox minor leaguer Nestor Molina had to leave his start with Double-A Birmingham Monday due to a shoulder injury, MLB.com reports. Molina left the game after allowing three runs over 3 2/3 innings with a walk and four strikeouts. He has given up 10 runs over 12 1/3 innings with Birmingham, but does have 13 Ks. Molina is looking to have a bounce-back season after going 6-11 with a 4.55 ERA last year over 23 appearances and 22 starts between Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.
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