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Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Filling for Molina
Knizner will start at catcher and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Blue Jays, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Knizner is likely to draw both of the starts behind the plate during the Cardinals' two-game series with the Blue Jays while top backstop Yadier Molina (personal) is back in Puerto Rico to tend to a family matter after being placed on the bereavement list. By catchers' standards, Knizner has been productive when given opportunities to play this season, as he carries a .262/.357/.361 slash line over 70 plate appearances into Monday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Adds three RBI
Knizner went 1-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch and three RBI in Sunday's 15-6 win over the Giants.
Knizner hit a two-run single in the sixth inning when he pinch hit for Yadier Molina, then got plunked with the bases loaded in the seventh. Over his last three games, Knizner is 3-for-6, a vast improvement after he started May just 2-for-16 in his first six contests. Overall, the catcher is slashing a reasonable .245/.362/.367 with a home run, nine RBI, three runs scored and three doubles in 58 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in win
Knizner went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Reds.
Knizner has recorded multiple hits in two of his six games this season. The 27-year-old catcher opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second inning. He also scored on a Paul Goldschmidt double in the sixth inning after getting aboard with a double of his own. Knizner has started consecutive games as Yadier Molina continues to deal with some general soreness. Knizner owns a .318/.375/.545 slash line with six RBI, two runs scored, a home run and a pair of doubles through 24 plate appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Back to bench for Molina's return
Knizner will retreat to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
While top backstop Yadier Molina recently dealt with general soreness, Knizner picked up three consecutive starts behind the plate over the weekend in Milwaukee and went a collective 4-for-12 with two RBI. Though Molina is back in action for Tuesday's series opener, manager Oliver Marmol suggested Sunday that the veteran catcher will likely split time with Knizner until Molina's soreness completely subsides, according to John Denton of MLB.com. Knizner thus looks like he could be in line for up to three starts this week, but expect his playing time to taper off thereafter.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Drives in pair
Knizner went 3-for-5 with two RBI in a 10-1 win Friday in Milwaukee.
In his second start of the season, Knizner had a two-run single in the four-run first inning and added two more singles later in the game. After compiling just 20 RBI in 89 games in his first three big-league seasons, the 27-year-old has picked up five RBI in his first two contests of 2022. While he hasn't yet consistently hit well in the majors, he does have a career .303/.369/.461 in the minor leagues.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Slugs homer in win
Knizner went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Royals.
The backup catcher was initially expected to start Monday versus the Pirates before that game was rained out. Knizner still got his start Tuesday and made good use of it, as his three-run blast in the fourth inning gave the Cardinals just enough runs to get the win. The 27-year-old is expected to play more frequently than in past seasons to give Yadier Molina rest, so it's encouraging to see Knizner make an impact when given a start as he looks to cement his place as the Cardinals' catcher of the future.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Picks up first start
Knizner will start at catcher and bat eighth in Monday's game against the Pirates, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
The Cardinals are wrapping up their season-opening series against Pittsburgh with a game that begins at 2:15 p.m. ET, so Knizner will check in behind the dish as manager Oliver Marmol looks to extend a breather to top backstop Yadier Molina. Knizer went unused over the Cardinals' first three games while Molina started each time.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: May play more frequently
Knizner is expected to start at catcher more frequently in 2022, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Knizner's increased role is designed in part to afford 39-year-old Yadier Molina more rest in his last major-league campaign. While the plan is to have Knizner play more, he'll have to hit better than the .174/.281/.236 slash line he compiled in 185 plate appearances last season to maintain the added time. The 27-year-old still shouldn't be expected to play enough to make much impact in fantasy outside of two-catcher formats.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Filling in for hurting Molina
Knizner will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday against the Brewers, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Knizner will remain in the lineup for a third straight game while Yadier Molina continues to manage a sore shoulder. With the Cardinals having clinched a wild-card berth, Molina could get a few more days off during the team's final four regular-season contests, so Knizner may receive at least a couple more starts beyond Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Smacks first home run
Knizner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in an 8-4 loss to Atlanta on Thursday.
Knizner got St. Louis on the board with his third-inning solo shot, his first homer of the year, and later walked in the ninth. The long ball was the backstop's third in 67 career games and a recent hot stretch has raised Knizner's OPS from .490 on July 7 to .601.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: On base four times in win
Knizner went 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and a run in a win over the Reds on Sunday.
Knizner drew another start for Yadier Molina (neck) and was a thorn in the side of Reds pitching all afternoon long. The reserve backstop has taken advantage of his current three-game stretch behind the dish in Molina's stead, going 3-for-7 with two doubles, two RBI, six walks and two runs over that span.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in spot start
Knizner went 2-for-4 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in a loss to the Reds on Friday.
The reserve backstop made his first game appearance since July 7, and he came through with his first multi-hit effort since May 30. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Knizner will draw a second straight start behind the dish Saturday due to Yadier Molina's ongoing neck stiffness.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Opportunity still relatively scarce
Knizner wrapped up the first half of the season with a .178/.267/.222 slash line, four doubles, two RBI, nine walks and 11 runs across 101 plate appearances over 36 games.
Heading into the season, the company line was that ageless backstop Yadier Molina would finally begin to cut down on his typically voluminous workload to a degree, which would lead to more consistent opportunities for Knizner. That said, while Knizner has already doubled up on his previous career high of 18 games, it's worth noting at least 14 of his appearances thus far have been a direct result of Molina's injury-related absences, and Knizner finished the first half logging only two starts from June 22 onward. However, Molina did skip the All-Star Game to rest a nagging foot injury, so there may be opportunities for Knizner to draw some starts early in the second half.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in rare start
Knizner went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
The reserve backstop drew only his second start in the last 15 games and was one of the few bright spots for the Cardinals. Knizner has now reached safely in four of the eight plate appearances he's logged during his last two starts, but his opportunities are expected to continue to be sporadic as long as Yadier Molina is healthy.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Returns to No. 2 role
Knizner is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
After Yadier Molina (foot) returned from the injured list Saturday, Knizner's time as the Cardinals' No. 1 catcher came to an end. While Molina was sidelined, Knizner went 6-for-34 (.176 average) over a 10-game stretch.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Not starting Game 2
Knizner is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
Knizer started Game 1 and will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Ali Sanchez will take over behind the plate in the nightcap for the Cardinals.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Good beginning to starting tenure
Knizner, who's set to serve as the primary catcher for the time being with Yadier Molina (foot) on the injured list, went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.
Knizner started both weekend games against the Reds in Molina's stead and provided similarly encouraging results, going 2-for-7 with a double and an RBI in that pair of games. Tuesday's multi-hit effort, his first of the season, pushed his slash to an impressive .304/.360/.391 across his first 25 plate appearances, and with Molina down at least the next 10 days, Knizner should be in for his most extensive big-league starting opportunity yet.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 225 lbs|
|Birthplace: Glen Allen, VA|
|School: NC State|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|