Molina Injures Thumb and the Cardinals Call up Tertamella

happyyadiWell after yesterdays game, it looks like he has suffered a left thumb sprain. The All-Star catcher will have an MRI scan on his left thumb and wrist to determine the extent of the injury that forced him from Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Cubs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The Cardinals will has been depending on back up catcher Tony Cruz and Ed Easley. Today the Cardinals purchased the services of catcher Travis Tartamella

from Triple-A Memphis on Monday.

Tartamella has spent his entire career in the minors, batting just .203/.236/.246 over 40 games and 118 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis this season.

The move was made following Yadier Molina’s thumb injury, and he will now provide depth behind Tony Cruz and Ed Easley. Xavier Scruggs was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.


Tartamella,a 2009 17th-round draft pick, deflects the credit, pointing to the pitching coach, fellow catcher Cody Stanley and others.

But being astute earns accolades. This spring, Tartamella earned his first invitation to St. Louis’ big-league camp and took mental notes of Molina’s routines and advice. The invite came two years after Tartamella assisted Springfield’s Texas League pennant, in a season when he took a foul ball straight off his face. A year ago, he was a sidekick to former big-league catcher Rob Johnson in Triple-A Memphis.

“I don’t think it’s a big secret that everybody sees me as a defensive catcher. I still take pride in trying to improve my swing,” Tartamella said. “But I try to come in and have good relationships with the guys and learn which buttons to push. I help them but they help me tremendously. It’s a give-and-take thing.”


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