Molina started both of the Cardinals' final two games of the regular season following a three-game absence due to shoulder soreness. He went 1-for-7 with three strikeouts and finished the season with a .252/.296/.371 slash line across 469 plate appearances. The veteran backstop got some rest days in ahead of the Cardinals' postseason, but manager Mike Shildt made sure to also afford him some reps before the curtain closed on the regular season. Molina's 2021 slash line left plenty of room for improvement, yet his 11 home runs and 66 RBI were his best figures in that category since 2018.
Molina (shoulder) is starting Saturday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Molina had missed the last four games due to a sore right shoulder, but he'll start behind the plate and bat sixth Saturday. The 39-year-old went 3-for-10 with a double, four RBI, a run and a walk across his last three appearances.
Molina (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Molina will sit for the forth straight game while nursing a sore right shoulder. St. Louis has secured its playoff positioning, so there's no incentive to rush the veteran catcher back into the starting nine. However, he played catch on the field ahead of Friday's game and is expected to return at some point this weekend, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Andrew Knizner will work behind the plate again in his absence.
Molina (shoulder) remains on the bench for Thursday's game against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. A sore shoulder will now cost Molina his third straight start. The Cardinals have no incentive to risk anything with the veteran backstop as they've already locked up a wild-card spot. Andrew Knizner remains the starter behind the plate.
Molina (shoulder) isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Brewers, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports. Molina was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to shoulder soreness, and he'll be excluded from the starting nine for a second straight contest. Manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that the backstop will get a few days off prior to the end of the regular season after the Cardinals clinched a postseason spot, but he isn't concerned about Molina's injury. Andrew Knizner will start behind the dish and bat eighth.