CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — Yadier Molina rejoined the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday after traveling to his native Puerto Rico with his team in the definition of the National Basketball League.
Molina, 40, owns the Bymon Cowboys of the National Superior Basketball League. Baymon beat San German 75-61 to win his 16th BSN title on Saturday.
The Cardinals placed Molina on the banned list on Saturday and missed the last two games of Arizona’s St. Louis sweep over the weekend. The veteran wide receiver went 0-for-3 in a 1-0 win over the Cubs, opening the five-game series at Wrigley Field.
“It was a business trip,” said Molina. “I had to be there for the team and the city. … It was a great experience”.
When asked how he balances his duties as the Cardinals, leaders of the National League Central Division and as owners of Baymon, Molina said he had an obligation to be present.
“People need it in Puerto Rico. Obviously, good with the people, with the team, for the people there,” said the 10-time all-star. “I did what I had to do”.
Molina scored three hits in the Cardinals’ 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. He is batting .219 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in what is expected to be his last season in the Major Leagues.
St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said Molina traveled to Puerto Rico during the team’s previous home series.
“It was cool,” Marmol said of the conversation with Molina. “He’s a big guy. We talked and agreed that he would be back in the lineup today.”
Molina has completed her entire career in San Luis. He made his debut in the league in 2004, winning two World Series championships with the Cardinals.
He appreciated that the team understood the need to move to Puerto Rico.
“It was kind of tough,” he said. “Obviously you want to be with the team and do your job. But, of course, I have this commitment, I had to be with the team (from Bymon) and also be with the people. Glad it’s only been two days.”