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.
After missing a little more than 13 months since his last start for the Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy made his much anticipated return from Tommy John surgery Monday night against the Rockies. Simply, it was not pretty for Beachy as he was knocked around for seven runs on eight hits and one walk over 3 2/3 innings. Beachy's struggles does not come as a surprise, but it did set the stage for one of the craziest wins the Braves have had this season. Andrelton Simmons 10th inning walk-off single provided the 9-8 victory for the Braves over the Rockies. One positive for Beachy and the Braves to take from his first start back was his fastball velocity was in the low 90s.