Cardinals catcher underwent surgery after fastball struck him in the groin at 102 mph

May 09, 2018
12:14 A.M.
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The player is anticipated to be absent for an entire month because of his injury.


The St. Louis Cardinals catcher recently underwent surgery after he was hit in his private area during a fastball game against the Chicago Cubs.

Yadier Molina was put in the 10-day disabled list after the incident. According to the Cardinals, he is expected to miss at least four weeks of games and practices.

The team went on to call Molina’s case a “pelvic injury with a traumatic hematoma.”

As shared by the Daily Mail, Molina had to exit the game in the eighth inning following being hit in his private area after Kris Bryant tipped a 102-mph pitch from reliever Jordan Hicks.


As soon as the ball hit his body, the catcher fell to the ground writhing in pain. He was then replaced by Francisco Pena.

Mike Matheny, the St. Louis manager explained after the game that Molina’s case was a bad one. He also predicted that it was not going to feel better the day after.

Matheny pointed out that it was impossible for Molina to steer clear of the ball.

He said, “He just couldn't go anywhere. There was nowhere to go. He was trying to get the ability to breathe back. No further explanation for that one.”


35-year-old Molina’s record for this season shows he is hitting 272 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.

In addition, even though he had thrown out over 41 percent of struggling base-stealers throughout his career in the sport, he is yet to throw at least someone this season.

Carson Kelly, who was snatched from Triple-A Memphis – took Molina’s place on the active roster.

As for the game, the Cardinals won over the Cubs with the score of 8-6 on a walk-off home run from Kolten Wong in the tenth inning.