Yadir Molina is out for a unique reason

Yadier Molina of St. Louis Cardinals warms up during the # 4 batting practice before the game against the Miami Marlins at Londipo Park on April 20, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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As the pile of injuries for the St. Louis Cardinal, another issue popped up yesterday.

Yadier Molina, who has started hitting again and even made his pitching debut on Sunday, has been placed on the mourning list.

Fortunately, he will not be away for long and may return as soon as Thursday, as Athletic’s Katie U mentioned on Twitter.

However, his reason for being on the mourning list is a little unique.

Most of the time, when a player is put on that list, it’s for something like a family death.

But Wu notes that this time, it’s Molina’s son who injured his arm in a baseball game and needs surgery.

Yadi on the mourning list

You would usually think of the mourning list as something that teams would use for some players who are dealing with death or something very serious in their family.

Not that this is not a serious situation, because one’s hand surgery is a major issue.

But it is rare for a player to be on the mourning list for something like that.

By the time Molina was out, the Cardinals had made Evan Herrera available as a replacement, with Andrew Nijner serving as the daily catcher in Molina’s absence.

Herera is the No. 4 ranking prospect in the Cardinals’ minor league system, according to the MLB pipeline.

Perhaps Herrera will get a chance for a few days with Molina.

Again, Molina should be back soon, with a target date of Thursday.

But these are some of the unique situations to keep a player on the mourning list.

We’ll see if the Cardinals try to give Herrera a chance while Molina is away.

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