Yadier Molina Headed To DL


The majority of headlines in Major League Baseball today are about the trade deadline that is at 4:00pm EST.  A headline that might get missed is that the  St. Louis Cardinals got swept in a doubleheader against the Pirates on Tuesday and after the Cardinals lost their second game of the day, it was announced that Yadier Molina is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right knee. Molina has played since June with persistent soreness inside his right knee, the same knee he had surgically repaired several seasons ago.With Molina now on the disabled list, the Cardinals will use a combination of Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson as their catcher, which is an obvious downgrade for them. 


  • Jake Peavy was traded to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday in a three-team, seven-player deal that included the Detroit Tigers. Boston also received Brayan Villarreal while the Tigers received Jose Iglesias and the White Sox got Avisail Garcia and prospects J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas and Cleuluis Rondon. Peavy is the centerpiece of this trade and his fantasy value should increase now that he is pitching in Fenway Park.
  • Albert Callaspo was traded to the Oakland A's in exchange for Grant Green. Callaspo will play second base in Oakland, which is a position he hasn't played on a regular basis since 2009. His offensive numbers are not anything to get excited about with a .253 batting average with five homers and 35 RBI this season.
  • Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two home runs Tuesday in a Braves win over the Rockies in Atlanta. He hit a solo shot in the first inning and then belted a three-run shot in the seventh. Freeman now has 13 home runs this season. He is not going to be 30+ home run first baseman, but 20+ is realistic expectation for him.
  • Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.  Trout looks comfortable in the No. 3 spot in the Angels lineup, where he's been moved since Albert Pujols was placed on the disabled list last Saturday.
  • Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday’s game with an abdominal strain. Cabrera left in the eighth inning after trying to field a ground ball and he is considered day-to-day at this time. The Tigers expect he to be back soon.
  • Cody Asche was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley by the Phillies. The Phillies are trying to trade Michael Young, but regardless if Young is traded today, Asche should get the majority of the playing time at third base. Asche has a .295 batting average with 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases this year.
  • B.J. Upton (groin) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday. He is scheduled to play three games with Triple-A Gwinnett at Charlotte and could come off the disabled list this weekend. Upton has been more productive for fantasy owners since he was placed on the disabled list compared to what he has produced offensively. Maybe the time off will help Upton finally figure things out, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
  • Brian Wilson agreed to a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday. He is going to rehab in the minors for the next couple of weeks before joining the Dodgers bullpen.
  • Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI in the Royals win over the Twins Tuesday.