Yadier Molina ruled out for remainder of regular season

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.