Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nestor Molina Placed On Disabled List

It's not an injury that affects the Major League roster, but the White Sox did get some bad news on Tuesday.

The Birmingham Barons announced that they had placed Nestor Molina on the disabled list.

Molina underwent an MRI and while there is no official diagnosis on what is wrong, there are reports of elbow tendinitis. Which could be nothing to worry about, or it could be something major that costs Molina quite a bit of time.

If you don't remember, Molina was the player the Sox got in return from Toronto in the Sergio Santos trade. It was a deal that angered a lot of White Sox fans at the time, but as soon as Santos was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder issue, that anger died down a bit.

Molina was also widely considered to be the second best prospect in Sox farm system coming into 2012, behind only Addison Reed. Since Reed is now the team's closer, that would make Molina the top-ranked prospect in the Sox farm system.

So far this season at Birmingham Molina is 4-7 with a 4.61 ERA in 84 innings, making 13 starts. While those numbers aren't very good, I was somewhat impressed with Molina during the spring. His splitter in particular.

UPDATE: Good news! Molina is only expected to miss one or two starts.

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