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.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.