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Molina will be active on Monday

Don't count out Yadier Molina yet.

The Cardinals have sent minor league catchers Matt Pagnozzi and Bryan Anderson back to Class AAA Memphis which means that that Molina will be on the active roster for opening day. No word yet if he will be the starter or kept on the bench in case of an emergency.

If Molina doesn't play, he could still be disabled retroactively. So the Birds might be smart to sit him on Monday, get the extra day of rest on the day off Tuesday and then see where he stands on Wednesday.

Molina has been nursing a strained oblique muscle hurt during an at bat in a spring training game. He aggravated it running the bases and nearly had to be helped off the field.