Yadier Molina has remained on the Cardinals’ postseason roster despite suffering a strained left oblique in Game 2 of the NLCS — an injury that often takes over three weeks to recover from. But it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing him in St. Louis’ starting lineup for the remainder of this series.
Molina tried swinging a bat before NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday in San Francisco, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the All-Star catcher did not feel good during the workout. Matheny added that they were merely “preliminary swings — just enough to realize it wasn’t worth pushing forward.”
Molina was stretching out in the bullpen Tuesday near the end of the Cardinals’ Game 3 loss to the Giants and may be asked to catch for Trevor Rosenthal or Carlos Martinez in a high-leverage situation because he works so well with those young flamethrowers. But it’ll be A.J. Pierzynski starting behind the plate on Wednesday night. Tony Cruz is also available off the bench for the Cards, who are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven.