Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was diagnosed with a “slight ligament tear” in his left thumb last week and today the team announced that he will miss the reminder of the regular season.
Initially he was expected to be shut down for 5-7 days, but the odds of Molina coming back to play a regular season game were always slim and he’s no sure thing to be available in the playoffs either.
Tony Cruz is filling in for as the Cardinals’ primary catcher and his lifetime .217 batting average and .560 OPS make Molina’s underwhelming offensive production this season–.270 batting average, four homers, .660 OPS–look Ruthian by comparison.
Padres minor leaguer Michael Dimock, a relief pitcher scheduled to participate in the Arizona Fall League, has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Dimock was drafted by the Astros in 2012 and then traded to the Padres in the middle of last season. He split this year between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing a total of 60 innings with a 2.10 ERA and spectacular 70/6 K/BB ratio.
Based on his strong performance and AFL assignment Dimock figured to be in the Padres’ bullpen plans for 2016, but now he’ll have to sit out the first two months of the season in the minors.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes has been scratched from tonight’s start against the Indians due to an illness, which has been going around Minnesota’s clubhouse for the past few days and has caused other players to miss time.
In his place the Twins will turn to left-hander Tommy Milone, who had been sidelined by a shoulder injury since getting knocked around by the Angels on September 17.
Not exactly an ideal situation for the Twins as they try to remain in the Wild Card picture with six games left on the schedule and even more reason to wonder about their season-long handling of and lack of September call-up for top pitching prospect Jose Berrios.