Molina, Robinson placed on DL

Jenifer Langosch/

As expected, the Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right knee. Outfielder Shane Robinson has also been put on the DL with a right shoulder strain. The Cardinals had not previously indicated that anything was wrong with Robinson, who pinch-hit on Tuesday.

Filling the two vacant spots on the roster will be outfielder Adron Chambers and first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson. Both will be joining the Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Chambers, who will serve as a backup center fielder, will be making his first appearance in the Majors this season. In 98 games with Triple-A Memphis, Chambers batted .252 with a .338 on-base percentage and 15 stolen bases. After a four-hit game on Tuesday, he is 29-for-82 in July.

Peterson returns to the big league club after only a few days away. He was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday when Matt Holliday returned from injury but did not have to stay the requisite 10 days in the Minors because the Cardinals made another DL move. Peterson, who has hit a Pacific Coast League-high 23 home runs, went 1-for-7 during his previous stint with the team.

The Cardinals are awaiting the result of an MRI exam before providing a timetable on how long Molina may be sidelined. The veteran catcher exited Tuesday’s game due to continued discomfort in his right knee, which has been bothering him since June. Molina returned to St. Louis on Wednesday to be examined.

“I tried to play through it, but it’s getting worse,” Molina said on Tuesday night. “The smart thing is to take time off and try to fix it. I’ve been playing through that since June. Like anybody else, I am one of the guys who wants to be on the field playing. But right now, I need time.”

He has started 93 of the team’s first 105 games, including the first 10 out of the All-Star break. With Molina out, catching duties will be split between Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson.

Robinson, who had recently been drawing regular starts against left-handed starters, leaves the Cardinals without a right-handed hitting center fielder to complement Jon Jay. The left-handed hitting Chambers can play all three outfield positions.

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