The St. Louis Cardinals have placed Yadier Molina on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 29. He has a right thumb tendon strain.
Molina suffered the injury on Sunday and only played one more game since then. At the time it was referred to as a bruised hand but it’s obviously more serious. There’s no announced timeline on Molina coming back but based on how he’s rolled over the years he’ll probably be back earlier than anyone thinks. Guy is kinda indestructable.
Andrew Knizner has replaced Molina on the roster and will back up Matt Wieters, who had been backing up Molina.
The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.
Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.
Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.
Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.