Matt Holliday named to All-Star team; Molina leaves Cards

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Add Matt Holliday to the list of Cardinal All-Stars.

His first half was certainly deserving of such an honor, though the circumstances are less than ideal. Yadier Molina, selected to his fourth straight All-Star Game, has left the club to return to Puerto Rico. His wife’s grandmother passed away, so Molina is heading home to spend a few days with family.

The Cardinals have placed him on the bereavement list and have called up catcher Bryan Anderson to fill Molina’s roster spot temporarily. The club does not expect to have Molina back until after the All-Star break.

Holliday had to be atop the list of All-Star snubs prior to Friday’s announcement. He enters the day hitting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage, .526 slugging percentage, 20 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBIs. He has driven in a run in six straight games and is batting .500 in his last 18 starts. Holliday has 21 RBIs during that span.

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The Cards should trade Shelby Miller and Zach Cox to an American league team for a really good major league relief pitcher and a double AA starting pitcher. Both are underperforming but should have good trade value to someone.

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