Road Trippin': Yadi and the Springfield Cardinals

Photo Credit: Ryan Cameron | Out of the Pen Baseball

by: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

June in southwest Missouri can be miserable.

The temperatures are high along with the humidity, meaning when you are packed in among thousands of other sweaty individuals things can get sticky in a hurry.

On this particular Saturday night, there was one specific individual who the sellout crowd (and his organization) wanted to see get hot. He goes by the name of Yadi.

Yadier Molina was suited up for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals as part of a two-game rehab assignment.

The All-Star, someday Hall of Fame, catcher was working his way back from groin surgery. An injury he received via a 102 MPH Jordan Hicks fastball.

With the National League Central division proving to one of the, if not the most, competitive divisions in all of baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals need to get their leader back on the field quickly. After two games in Springfield, Yadi is set to rejoin the big league club today.

Molina worked five innings behind the plate and collected three at-bats before exiting game one of his rehab assignment.

The wind was pushing hard to right field, or as the locals call it "The Hammons Field Effect". Batting third in the lineup Molina drove a ball into that right field moving wind in the first inning that looked like it may leave the park (several balls would on this night). Instead, Yadi's first AB was a long flyout to RF.

In the third inning, Molina was hit by a pitch which drew a plethora of boos from the Cardinals' faithful. In the fourth inning, Yadi delivered a sac fly that added a run to what would eventually be an 11-6 victory for Springfield over the visiting San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres).

After the fifth Molina made the walk down the RF line to the home clubhouse.

Once changed, Yadi met with the media to talk about his rehab and return to St. Louis. Out of the Pen was able to be a part of the press conference which you can watch below.

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