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.
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.
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