July 7: Cardinals (52-34) @ Marlins (32-54)
UPDATE: Molina told reporters this morning that he has been diagnosed with knee inflammation, a diagnosis that he certainly took as good news. Molina is not in the lineup today but expressed optimism that he won’t need but a few days off. He did not rule out returning as early as Tuesday. Molina said that the MRI exam revealed no structural damage in his previously surgically-repaired knee.
With Molina unavailable today, Ty Wigginton will serve as the team’s backup catcher.
Before getting to the lineups for today’s series finale, let me run through yesterday’s news in simple, bulleted form for those who may have missed a story along the way:
- Five Cardinals named to National League All-Star team, including first-timers Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig (story here).
- Cardinals awaiting MRI results on Yadier Molina’s bothersome right knee (story here).
- Carlos Beltran hesitant to appear in Home Run Derby due to an oblique issue (story here).
- Adam Wainwright to make two starts before the All-Star break… but yes, he can still pitch in All-Star Game (story here).
- Cardinals win, 5-4, over the Marlins and become the last team in the Majors to earn a walk-off victory this year (story here).
The Cardinals are expected to provide an update on Molina later this morning, and I’ll bring you that new information as soon as its learned. As for the Cardinals, they will be facing the Marlins’ lone All-Star, Jose Fernandez, as they try to secure their first series sweep since late May.
- Matt Carpenter (2B)
- Carlos Beltran (RF)
- Matt Holliday (LF)
- Allen Craig (1B)
- David Freese (3B)
- Jon Jay (CF)
- Tony Cruz (C)
- Pete Kozma (SS)
- Lance Lynn (RHP)
- Juan Pierre (LF)
- Ed Lucas (3B)
- Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
- Logan Morrison (1B)
- Marcell Ozuna (CF)
- Derek Dietrich (2B)
- Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
- Jeff Mathis (C)
- Jose Fernandez (RHP)
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