May 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse (right) beats the tag by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Ryan Roberts in the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

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Yadier Molina Injury A Bruised Left Hand, Not A Break

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals had quite a scare when reliever Mitchell Boggs gunned a 90+ mile-per-hour fastball towards the plate that crossed up catcher Yadier Molina -- who had called a slider on the pitch -- and struck him on the left hand. Molina left the game and had Cardinals fans thinking about how the team could possibly replace a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner and a three-time National League All-Star, but it appears both Molina and the team got lucky this time.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting X-rays revealed a bruise and not a break on Molina's injured left hand. In fact, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny doesn't even think the team will need to promote a third catcher to the roster. The scariest aspect of the situation is that Molina broke that same hand back in 2005 when he was hit by a pitch, so Matheny did mention that the situation will be rechecked and monitored in the coming days as well, saying: "He's going to be sore. He'll probably have to get a couple more looks at it. We'll just wait and see what their doctor says."

For more news and updates from around the MLB, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer, or dig deeper into the stats at Beyond the Box Score. Also, check out the team blogs Viva El Birdos and AZ Snake Pit.


Yadier Molina Injury: St. Louis Cardinals Catcher Positive After Hand Injury

The St. Louis Cardinals may have dodged a bullet on a Yadier Molina injury—one that happened when their star catcher failed to dodge a bullet from Mitchell Boggs. After Molina left Tuesday night's Cardinals win vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks following a mixed-signals-induced shot to his left hand from Boggs. The immediate reports following the game were that the X-Rays looked "pretty clean," but early reports have lied before, so the Cardinals (and their fans) were cautious following the game.

Without Molina the Cardinals would likely go to some combination of Tony Cruz, who is 2-17 since winning the backup catcher job out of spring training, and erstwhile prospect Bryan Anderson, who began the season extremely slowly at AAA Memphis after losing it and is now hitting .122 there. Cruz is a better defensive player, while Anderson, who is left-handed, likely has the better offensive skill-set.

But however well they performed, the drop from the hitting-star Molina we've seen since the 2011 all-star break to two replacement players would be a major blow for a Cardinals team that lacks depth and upside at the position.

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