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.