Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:17:25 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals have activated C Tony Cruz (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list to serve as emergency protection behind the plate. However, his baseball activities have been limited to throwing and he hopes to receive clearance to resume swinging a bat Wednesday, Sept. 4, or Thursday, Sept. 5.
Fantasy Tip: Rob Johnson will continue serving as the No. 2 catcher behind Yadier Molina while Cruz's condition improves. Neither Johnson nor Cruz have any fantasy value.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:12:36 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina (knee) and OF Shane Robinson (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Aug. 15, and optioned INF Jermaine Curtis to Triple-A Memphis and placed C Tony Cruz (forearm) on the DL in corresponding moves. Cruz is dealing with a stress fracture of his left forearm.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:04:31 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals are considering signing free-agent C Kelly Shoppach (Nationals) with C Yadier Molina (knee) on the disabled list. If they don't add Shoppach, Cs Rob Johnson and Tony Cruz will split duties behind the plate until Molina is ready to return.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:18:26 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina's (knee) MRI results showed only inflammation and swelling and no structural damage. The team is hoping he can return from the disabled list when eligible.
Fantasy Tip: This is great news for Molina owners. Hopefully he can return from the DL when eligible, and it's probably why the Cards didn't pursue a catcher at the trade deadline. Tony Cruz will be the club's primary catcher with Molina out.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:43:46 -0700
The St. Louis Cardinals are awaiting the result of an MRI on C Yadier Molina (knee) before they estimate a timetable for his return. "I tried to play through it, but it's getting worse," Molina said on Tuesday, July 30. "The smart thing is to take time off and try to fix it. I've been playing through that since June." C's Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson will split duties behind the plate while Molina is sidelined.
Fantasy Tip: Sounds like this move is for the best for Molina, and maybe even for his fantasy owners. Perhaps it would've been even better had it come a month ago. Cruz and Johnson are unlikely to have fantasy value, except perhaps in deep NL-only leagues.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:05:27 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina was given his first day off Friday, April 19, against the Philadelphia Phillies. C Tony Cruz made the start and was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout.
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:13:34 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina (ankle) is not in the starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, Aug. 25, and is listed as day-to-day. He rolled his ankle a few days ago and it began to stiffen up on him during the game Friday, Aug. 24. C Tony Cruz is taking Molina's place in the lineup.
Sun, 08 Apr 2012 09:24:10 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Tyler Greene, OF Shane Robinson and C Tony Cruz are in the starting lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, April 8.
Sun, 01 Apr 2012 20:01:23 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals C Tony Cruz won the backup catcher job behind starter C Yadier Molina. It is Cruz's first time making the opening day roster.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:31:36 -0800
The St. Louis Cardinals signed 3B David Freese and 23 others to one-year deals for the 2012 season Wednesday, Feb. 29. The others included Bryan Anderson, Mitchell Boggs, Matt Carpenter, Adron Chambers, Maikel Cleto, Allen Craig, Tony Cruz, Daniel Descalso, Brandon Dickson, Chuck Fick, Sam Freeman, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Jon Jay, Erik Komatsu, Peter Kozma, Lance Lynn, Adam Ottavino, Adam Reifer, Shane Robinson, Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez. Financial terms were not disclosed.