Molina done for spring, questionable for opener

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Tony La Russa said today that Yadier Molina is unlikely to play again this spring after straining his right oblique muscle running the bases yesterday, but added that “we have our fingers crossed for the early part of the season, maybe Opening Day.”
Jason LaRue would step in as the Cardinals’ starter behind the plate if Molina isn’t ready for Opening Day and 27-year-old minor league veteran Matt Pagnozzi would serve as his backup, which might be the worst-hitting catching duo in baseball.
In other Cardinals injury news, Colby Rasmus was scratched from this afternoon’s game against the Mets with a sore right knee. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Rasmus was benched as a “precaution” after getting cleated while trying to break up a double play yesterday.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.