ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was placed on Major League Baseball’s bereavement list on Friday, which will force him to miss this weekend’s action against the Miami Marlins and the All-Star Game.
Molina will be traveling to Puerto Rico due to the death of his wife’s grandfather, according to sources.
Matt Holliday will serve as Molina’s replacement on the National League All-Star team. The Cardinals left fielder has been on a major hot streak since June 16, raising his batting average from .278 to .318. In that stretch, Holliday is batting .500 (34-for-68) with four home runs and 21 RBI. He has 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 80 games this season. This will also mark the sixth time he has been selected to the All-Star Game in his career.
Catcher Bryan Anderson has been recalled from Memphis to replace Molina on the Cardinals roster. Anderson was hitting .210 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 64 games played for the Triple-A affiliate. He is expected to be in uniform for Friday night’s game.