As expected the Cardinals have placed catcher Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain. the club announced Wednesday afternoon.

Outfielder Shane Robinson was also placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain while outfielder Adron Chambers and first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson were recalled from Triple-A Memphis in corresponding moves.

Obviously Molina is the big news here. Losing him for any length of time is very concerning for the Cardinals -- who bring a season-long six-game losing streak into Wednesday. Molina is widely considered the best defensive catcher in baseball and the pitching staff is very comfortable with him. Not only that but he's hitting .330/.374/.479 with eight homers 54 RBI and 30 doubles. If MVP voting were held right now he may well win it.