Yadier Molina tested his injured left oblique with some swings and it did not go well


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.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.