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Cards will reinstate Molina with to their lineup after having gone home for basketball season

Molina boarded a plane for Puerto Rico after the Bulls’ championship.



CHI-Town (Associated Press) — The St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina returned to the team on Monday after spending the weekend in Puerto Rico to watch the conclusion of his hometown basketball team’s championship run.

Molina, who is 40 years old, is the owner of a Baloncesto Superior National team called the Vaqueros de Bayamón. On Saturday, Bayamón won its 16th straight BSN championship with a 75-61 victory over San Germán.

When St. Louis swept Arizona over the weekend, Molina was placed on the restricted list and unable to play in the final two games. The first of five games against the Chicago Cubs saw the veteran catcher start behind the plate.

Molina clarified that this was indeed a professional excursion. In his own words, “I had to be there for the team and for the city…. What a fantastic opportunity!

Molina said he had to leave Bayamón because he had to prioritize his responsibilities with the National League Central-leading Cardinals over those at his resort.

People in Puerto Rico are in desperate need of it. Ten-time All-Star said, “Obviously, it’s good for the people down there to be around there with the people, with the team.” Therefore, I acted responsibly.

Other catcher Iván Herrera was sent down to Triple-A Memphis as part of the Cardinals’ taxi squad so that they could make room for Molina.

As part of the same announcement, the club said that relief pitcher Ryan Helsley had been transferred from the paternity to the restricted list.

The Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 5-1 on Friday night thanks in large part to three hits from Molina. Going into the Wrigley Field series, he was hitting. In what will most likely be his final season as a major leaguer, he hit.222 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 52 games.

When asked about the trip, Molina reportedly mentioned it to St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol during the Cardinals’ last series of their previous homestand.

Marmol claimed that his meeting with Molina had been productive. I mean, he’s an adult. We talked, and we both agreed that he should return to the lineup for today.

Molina debuted in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004 and has since won two World Series rings with the team. In regards to the Puerto Rico trip, he noted the team’s tolerance and empathy.

He reflected, “It was difficult.” You’d rather be here with the team and doing your job, of course. On the other hand, from a purely business perspective, it’s clear that I need to be present with my team and among the locals. I’m relieved it was only two days, you know what I mean.

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