Yadier Molina is back in the Cardinals’ lineup tonight, starting behind the plate after missing just two games with a knee injury.
Considering the initial wave of panic that swept through St. Louis when Molina went for an MRI exam over the weekend his quick return obviously qualifies as extremely good news.
Molina, who received the most votes of any National League player in the All-Star balloting, will be starting tonight for the 79th time in the Cardinals’ first 88 games. He’s hitting an NL-best .346 and also leads the league with 26 doubles, giving him a career-high OPS for the third straight season.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: