Molina out of hospital, expected at Busch for start of Royals series

Updated: June 17, 2008, 10:53 PM ET news services

Catcher Yadier Molina was feeling better after being released from a hospital Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday.

Yadier Molina


Molina sustained a mild concussion after a collision at the plate with Philadelphia Phillies pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett in St. Louis' 7-6 win Sunday. The Cardinals expect Molina to be at Busch Stadium on Tuesday for the start of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, but how much activity he attempts depends on how he feels.

"He was in good spirits," said general manager John Mozeliak. "He said he felt better."

Mozeliak said the team does not have a player move planned "at this point" and wants to see how Molina improves after Monday's off day. Mozeliak said it's "not ideal" to go into a series with only one healthy catcher, Jason LaRue, but it is a possibility.

Molina was taken to a hospital for evaluation of neck and back pain and sustained a mild concussion, although he did not lose consciousness after the collision.

Molina had to reach back for a one-hop throw from first baseman Chris Duncan, who had been playing in when he fielded Phillies star Jimmy Rollins' bad-hop grounder, and his back was to the plate as he gloved the ball. As he was turning to make the tag for the second out of the inning in a game tied at 6, Molina was drilled by Bruntlett running from third base.

Molina showed umpire Tim McClelland he still had the ball, holding it in his right hand, before collapsing in front of the plate. He lay face down in the dirt for several minutes while being attended to by medical personnel and did not appear to be moving as the cart left.

Molina was batting .295 with three home runs and 24 RBIs. He's thrown out 10 of 32 base stealers, a lower percentage than in recent seasons partly due to inexperienced pitchers the Cardinals have been forced to use because of injuries.

"He's one of our core players," LaRue said. "He's one of the key guys you need to have out there every single day."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.