Molina drops appeal, serves suspension on Wednesday
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 19, 2013 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) By Mike Ehrmann
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 6: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a double against the Arizona Diamondbacks int he third inning at Busch Stadium on June 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL
(BaseballStL) -- One night after catching 14 innings in a 7-6 loss, catcher Yadier Molina decided to drop his appeal case for a one-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for his actions in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Molina was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt after he was ejected for slamming his helmet to the ground after a close play at first base in the third inning on Sunday. The discipline was handed down shortly before Monday’s series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Molina elected to file an appeal which allowed him to play. He also started on Tuesday.
The decision to accept the suspension before Wednesday’s game comes as little surprise after catching 14 innings the night before, and was likely he wouldn’t have been scheduled to start.
Molina told reporters before departing from Busch Stadium on Wednesday that he doesn’t believe he should have been suspended for the incident, but it makes sense to serve the penalty now.
Tony Cruz started at the catcher position.
Molina is hitting .348 with four home runs and 30 RBI this season. He is 15-for-36 (.417) in his last 10 games.