Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was suspended one game for his role in Sunday’s dust-up with the Diamondbacks. Molina was going to appeal his suspension, but chose to drop it and serve his one game on Wednesday afternoon as his team took on the Brewers, MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports.
Molina caught all 11 innings against the Brewers on Tuesday night, so he was likely going to get the day off on Wednesday anyway.
Molina is hitting .256/.267/.488 with three homers and six RBI in 45 plate appearances so far this season.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.