|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||7/13/1982|
|Height, Weight||5'11", 205 lbs|
|Drafted||2000 - Rd 4|
Molina (thumb) is expected to miss the next three weeks, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Molina has been battling a thumb issue throughout the first half of the season, and while skipper Mike Shildt noted that the injury isn't any worse from the last time his starting catcher was sent to the injured list, Molina's thumb just isn't healing the way the medical staff wants it to. He won't be ready to return from the shelf after the 10-day minimum, though he isn't expected to require surgery and should be back around the beginning of August.
Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to a right thumb tendon strain, retroactive to Monday.
Molina had been battling discomfort in his right thumb heading into the All-Star break, and it's since been determined that he'll require at least a brief trip to the shelf. Matt Wieters figures to handle the catching duties until Molina returns. He'll be eligible to come off the injured list beginning July 18, but an injury like this often requires a recovery beyond that window.
Molina (thumb) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco.
Molina is battling residual discomfort in his thumb and will be out of the lineup for the final four games heading into the All-Star break. The 35-year-old spent the early part of June on the injured list and will take the extra off days plus the break to potentially return to full health. Matt Wieters garners another start behind the plate in his absence.
Molina, who's been out of the lineup for the last three games, is still experiencing discomfort in his thumb when he grips and swings a bat, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
This is the first official indication that Molina's multi-game layoff is due to any physical issue. Molina spent time on the injured list with a thumb strain in May and early June after getting hit by a foul ball, and the resulting discomfort has apparently never completely subsided. Rogers reports the soreness is affecting the veteran backstop's ability to drive the ball effectively, which seems to be corroborated by the fact he has just three extra-base hits in the 20 games he's played since returning. Molina is very likely to sit out a fourth consecutive game Sunday, which, when combined with the extended layoff afforded by the All-Star break, will hopefully give him the necessary rest to return at 100 percent for the second half.
Molina is not in the lineup for Saturday's game at San Francisco, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
It's the third straight game out of the starting nine for Molina. The 35-year-old returned from the injured list June 11 after dealing with a right thumb strain, but there's been no indication of any injury the last few days. Matt Wieters receives another start behind the plate Saturday while Molina rests up ahead of the All-Star break.