Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Yadier Molina is expected to miss at least a month of action after having surgery following a foul tip to the groin. The Cardinals will summon Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis to take his roster spot, and Kelly figures to see the bulk of the starts behind the plate in Molina's absence. One of the top catching prospects in the game, Kelly has batted just .234/.337/.364 with a couple homers this season for Memphis. However, he has enough offensive upside to make him worth a shot in two-catcher leagues.