PHOENIX — The St. Louis Cardinals gave Yadier Molina the weekend after the catcher told the team he had to return to his native Puerto Rico.
According to John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations for the team, Molina left for “business reasons” but is expected to be back on Monday when the Cardinals face the Cubs in Chicago.
The Cardinals placed Molina on the shortlist on Saturday and added rookie Ivan Herrera to the active roster. Molina recorded his 2,152nd career hit Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, passing Yogi Berra for fifth all-time among catchers.
Although no official reason was given for Molina’s departure, it is believed that he returned home because the basketball team he owns – Vaqueros Bayamón – plays for the league championship. and could win the series this weekend.
The shortlist is for players who cannot play for reasons other than injury, bereavement leave and paternity leave. Players on the restricted list do not count towards active or reserved lists.
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