Knee injury keeps Molina out of celebration
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina topped NL vote-getters
for the All-Star Game. He wasn’t around to celebrate with the
team’s other four All-Stars.
Molina was sent for medical tests for a knee injury and did not
play Saturday against the Marlins, but before leaving he told
teammates he didn’t believe it was anything serious.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright said Molina told him he’d probably be OK
with a little rest and that the tests were ”purely
precautionary.” Molina has been among the best players in the
league the first half of the season.
”It’s been bothering him a little bit, I think,” Wainwright
said. ”What he told me is it’s not something a couple days won’t
heal him up. I think he’s going to be just fine.”
Manager Mike Matheny said the knee began bothering Molina on
”We saw some things during the game that gave us an
indication,” Matheny said. ”So we’re going to have to wait and
see what the medical staff says.”
Molina has played in 81 of St. Louis’ 86 games and leads the
National League with a .346 average. He has six homers and 45 RBIs.
Backup Tony Cruz made his eighth start of the season and first
since June 26.
Wainwright was named to his second All-Star team, though he
won’t be able to pitch. The Cardinals adjusted their rotation to
give the 11-game winner two more starts before the break, and he’ll
work the final game before the break next Sunday.
”I’m perfectly OK with that,” Wainwright said. ”I know the
rules. They just said I can’t pitch, they never said I couldn’t
Wainwright said a chance to help the Cardinals make the
postseason trumped an opportunity to pitch an inning or two in the
”Would I rather have two more starts and try to help the team
win two more games or pitch the seventh inning?” Wainwright said.
”I’m taking the two games every time.”
Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter are first-time selections.
Longtime former Met fan favorite Carlos Beltran also made the team
for the game set for Citi Field.
”I’m just blessed to be a part of it one more time,” Beltran
said. ”Maybe they want me back, I don’t know. They love me over
there, no doubt about it.”
Craig was manager Bruce Bochy’s selection. He’s among the league
leaders with 68 RBIs and leads the league batting with runners in
”I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it,” Craig
said. ”I didn’t necessarily get my hopes up because I understand
how it works, so I just had an open mind about it.”