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Yadier Molina leaves game after taking two foul balls to the mask

Cubs Cardinals Baseball

Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds checks on St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after Molina was hit on the mask by consecutive foul balls by Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in St. Louis. Molina left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


The St. Louis Cardinals have been eliminated from contention for the NL Central crown and are hanging on by the thinnest of threads in the race for the second NL Wild Card, two and a half games back of the Rockies with the Brewers in between. Last night those dim playoff hopes took what may have been a fatal blow thanks to a couple of foul balls that knocked Yadier Molina out of the game and, possibly, out for the season.

In the seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Cardinals game Molina took a Kris Bryant foul ball off of his mask. It sent him to his knees. He gathered himself, set back up and, on the very next pitch, took a second foul ball, right to the mask. He was much slower in rising that time and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny immediately -- and wisely -- pulled Molina from the game.

Molina is being monitored for a concussion. Whether he has one or not, prudence would dictate sitting him down for the rest of what are likely the Cardinals final six games of 2017.

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