The Cardinals have placed catcher Yadier Molina on the 10-day injured list with a right foot tendon strain, Zachary Silver of MLB.com tweets. The team recalled catcher Ali Sanchez in a corresponding move.
Molina suffered the injury last Friday against the Reds, forcing him to leave early and miss the Cardinals’ games over the weekend. However, he did return to their lineup Monday in Philadelphia.
The Cardinals’ offense ranks a middle-of-the-pack 14th in runs scored and a less-than-stellar 23rd in wRC+, though Molina has certainly done his part. Re-signed to a one-year, $9MM contract in the offseason, the career-long Card has batted an excellent .323/.366/.631 with five home runs in 71 plate appearances. Behind the plate, the nine-time Gold Glove winner has thrown out an above-average 29 percent of would-be base thieves.
With Molina landing on the shelf, Andrew Knizner will handle the primary catching duties during a grueling stretch in which St. Louis will play 13 games in 13 days. Knizner has totaled 21 PA this year and hit a respectable .263/.333/.368.