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Yadier Molina wants to play again before the season is over


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to leave Monday night’s game against the Cubs after taking two foul tips off of his face mask in the seventh inning. He left with the aid of a trainer and vomited before getting to the dugout.

Molina, though, says the nausea has already subsided. MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports that Molina wants to play again this season, perhaps as early as Thursday.

The Cardinals have six games left and trail the Rockies for the second NL Wild Card slot by 2.5 games. Any combination of four Cardinal losses and Rockie wins will eliminate them, so the odds are long. As a result, the club may not feel super motivated to rush Molina back.

Molina, 35, signed a three-year extension with the Cardinals earlier this year which will pay him $20 million per season through 2020. The Cardinals will also be thinking about that investment when they decide whether or not to allow Molina to return before the regular season is over.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: