ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has taken bereavement leave from the team following the death of his wife’s grandfather. He will be traveling to Puerto Rico to be with family.
Tony Cruz will start at catcher in the team’s series opener against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium Friday night. The team has recalled catcher Bryan Anderson from Triple-A Memphis to replace Molina.
Molina will also miss Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Kansas City. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been named by 2012 National League manager Tony La Russa to replace the Cardinals catcher. Because the top three catchers on the Player Ballot were already invited to the All-Star Game, Molina’s replacement was determined by La Russa in conjunction with Major League Baseball officials.