There is no definitive timetable for when the 10-time All-Star Molina, 39, will return.
Top catching prospect Ivan Herrera will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis as the corresponding move and will join the team in Boston ahead of a three-game weekend set against the Red Sox. Reserve catcher Andrew Knizner will receive the bulk of the starts, but the Cardinals are intrigued by what Herrera can offer, as the 22-year-old has long been regarded as the organization's catcher of the future.
There is no definitive timetable for when the 10-time All-Star Molina, 39, will return. He received multiple cortisone shots last weekend, and the team wanted to keep him off his feet for 48 hours, though he lobbied to return immediately.
Molina was officially cleared Tuesday, when he caught the first game of the Cardinals' doubleheader against the Pirates, and started again Wednesday evening. There was measured optimism that after a scheduled off day Thursday, Molina would feel strong enough to catch Adam Wainwright, who is slated to start Friday at Fenway Park.
When the 19-year veteran Molina signed a one-year, $10-million contract extension in August of 2021, he made it known the 2022 season would be the final one of his career. He has fought through consistent pain since March and is hitting just .213 with two homers and has a .519 OPS.
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