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Molina out a month after emergency surgery

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without their backstop for at least the next month. Star catcher Yadier Molina had emergency surgery to address a traumatic hematoma in his groin on Saturday night, according to St. Louis Dispatch’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz.

During Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, he took a 102-mph pitch foul tip to his groin. After Kris Bryant’s foul tip, Molina was down on the ground for several minutes, before gingerly walking off the field.

Chicago Cubs base runner Addison Russell scores a run, as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina attempted to block him (Getty Images)

Chicago Cubs base runner Addison Russell scores a run, as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina attempted to block him (Getty Images)

Carson Kelly is expected to be recalled by the Cardinals prior to Sunday’s game, according to the Dispatch. He is expected to receive the majority of the playing time while Molina is sidelined.

Francisco Pena is also expected to spot Kelly behind the plate here and there moving forward.

The 35-year-old Molina, who has played his entire career with the Cardinals, went 0-for-3 in Saturday’s game. He struck out twice and walked once before his exit.

This season, he has .272 batting average with six home runs and 17 RBI’s in 30 games. He also has two stolen bases, 11 runs, and two doubles in 31 hits over 114 at-bats.

The 23-year-old Kelly made his debut with the Cardinals in September 2016. With the Cardinals, he has .171 batting average with seven RBIs with 14 hits in 44 games.

This season with the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate, Kelly has .234 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBIs with 18 hits through 21 games.

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