Yadier Molina drops appeal, sits

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension Wednesday and served it by sitting out against the Diamondbacks.

Major League Baseball had suspended and fined Molina for contacting second-base umpire Mike Everitt on Sunday.

Molina said he decided to drop the appeal after catching 14 innings Tuesday night.

"I knew [Cardinals manager] Mike [Matheny] might give me a day off today, so why not drop it," Molina told MLB.com. "I didn't want to. I believe I didn't do anything wrong. At the same time, I had to think about the team. If Mike was going to give me a day off today, it's a good idea to drop the appeal."

Tony Cruz started in Molina's place Wednesday and infielder Ty Wigginton will be the emergency backup.

"Whenever you're a catcher down, usually it's a bigger deal than just giving a guy a day off," Matheny told MLB.com.