Molina will undergo a minor knee procedure sometime this upcoming week, Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly reports. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak indicated that Molina's surgery will be a "very small procedure" and he anticipates the catcher will be sidelined for just a few days, so there doesn't appear to be any concern over his status moving forward. The procedure will take place in St. Louis by team doctors.
Molina is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. With the Cardinals officially out of playoff contention as of Saturday night, they will give their veteran backstop a day off Sunday. Molina will finish the season with a .261 batting average, 20 home runs and 74 RBI. Francisco Pena will replace him behind the plate for the season finale.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 12-4 loss to the Brewers. Molina connected for a three-run shot -- his 20th of the year -- off Gio Gonzalez in the fourth inning to bring the Cardinals back to within three at the time. Molina is now two home runs shy of his career-high 22 that he set back in 2012 and his 74 RBI this season are good for third among all MLB catchers. The 36-year-old is hitting .267/.319/.445 in 120 games this year.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in an extra-inning win over the Giants on Saturday. The veteran backstop's 402-foot shot to left in the seventh with Jedd Gyorko aboard knotted the game at 4-4, setting the stage for a Tyler O'Neill walkoff blast in the 10th. Molina has heated up some over the last six games, hitting safely in five of them while tallying 10 of his 14 RBI for the month during that stretch.
Molina went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Braves on Monday. He was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. That's five RBI over the last two games for Molina, who has all nine for September in just three games. The veteran backstop is hitting a solid .279 and owns an impressive .452 slugging percentage over 115 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season, leaving him on pace to exceed 70 RBI for the fourth time in his career.