St. Louis Cardinals activate Yadier Molina from 10-day IL

Apr 26, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrates after the Cardinals scored a run during the ninth inning against Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals activated star catcher Yadier Molina from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday’s home game against the Colorado Rockies.

Molina missed the past 11 games with a strained tendon in his right foot.

The nine-time All-Star originally injured the foot on April 23 against the Cincinnati Reds. He returned three days later against the Philadelphia Phillies and was hitless in three at-bats and apparently aggravated the injury.

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Molina, 38, was off to strong start by batting .323 with five homers, five doubles and 14 RBIs in 19 games.

Catcher Ali Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move, though he’ll remain on the taxi squad.

The 24-year-old Sanchez went 1-for-3 in his only appearance with the Cardinals against the New York Mets on Wednesday.

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Andrew Knizner handled the rest of the catching duties in Molina’s absence. The 26-year-old is batting .208 with one RBI in 19 games this season.

–Field Level Media