DENVER -- A sprained right thumb kept catcher Yadier Molina out of the Cardinals' lineup in Thursday's 8-2 loss in the series finale against the Rockies. The team will learn on Friday how much further that absence might extend.
Molina sustained the injury on an awkward slide into first base in the fourth inning of Wednesday's win. The play unfolded as if it would be a routine groundout, but Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge lobbed his throw to first base, which forced first baseman Tyler Colvin into the basepath.
In an attempt to avoid Colvin's tag, Molina ducked into an awkward slide into the bag. He was out on the play and sprained his thumb in the process. Molina remained in the game, but his thumb was sore and still swollen more than 24 hours later.
Molina is scheduled to have his thumb X-rayed in St. Louis on Friday. Asked if he expects to find out if he suffered any type of break, Molina shook his head.
"I don't know," he said. "What I feel feels weird. I don't feel good. I don't feel bad. Just weird. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but the way I feel is weird."
Molina added that the biggest concern right now is how much of an effect that thumb will have on his ability to grip a ball. It is not so much an issue on his swing, as is evident by the fact that he tallied two hits on Wednesday after sustaining the injury.
Berkman aggravates right knee, to visit doctor
DENVER -- An already forgettable night turned even more so in the final minutes of Thursday's 8-2 loss in Colorado, as Lance Berkman limped off the field after grounding out in the final at-bat of an 0-for-4 night.
His right knee, which was surgically repaired just over two months ago, had given out on him.
The Cardinals did not have a more specific diagnosis on Thursday, though more will be known after Berkman visits with Dr. George Paletta when the team returns to St. Louis on Friday. Berkman had the knee heavily wrapped with ice after the game.
"It's just not a perfect knee," he said. "I've been scanned, zapped more than most players, probably, in that particular part of the body. I'll let the doctor look at it and see what he thinks."
Thursday marked just the ninth start Berkman has made since returning from a procedure that addressed a torn meniscus and other loose cartilage in his right knee. And while the discomfort was somewhat severe on Thursday, this was not the first night it has been sore.
"Life with a balky knee is just some days it feels OK, some days it doesn't," Berkman said. "There's certainly times on this road trip when I haven't felt great. There's been times where I've felt pretty good. It's just hit or miss."
Berkman finished the road trip 2-for-11 and is batting just .182 since returning from the disabled list in the team's first series out of the All-Star break. If Berkman is forced onto the DL again, Allen Craig would get the bulk of playing time at first base.
Cards to honor '82 champs all weekend vs. Brewers
DENVER -- The Cardinals are set to welcome more than 20 members of the franchise's 1982 world championship club back to St. Louis this weekend for a 30th anniversary celebration. Events honoring that club are planned for all three days of the Cardinals' series against Milwaukee.
Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter will sign autographs at the Busch Stadium Ford Plaza before the Cardinals' game on Friday, and the first 25,000 fans to enter the gate that night will receive a bobblehead in his likeness.
The focal point of the reunion will take place on Saturday, when members of that 1982 team will be paraded around the field and then honored in a pregame ceremony. The Brewers and Cardinals will wear replica jerseys from the '82 season that night.
After wearing their "home" white uniforms on Saturday, the Cardinals will don their "victory blue" road uniforms from 1982 in Sunday's series finale. That game time has been moved to 7:05 p.m. CT to accommodate an ESPN national telecast.
Players and other members of the '82 team who are expected to attend the weekend ceremonies include: Ozzie Smith, Whitey Herzog, Sutter, Red Schoendienst, Keith Hernandez, Ken Oberkfell, Dave LaPoint, Jim Kaat, John Stuper, Jeff Lahti, Steve Mura, John Martin, Doug Bair, Jeff Keener, Tito Landrum, David Green, Gene Roof, Dane Iorg, Mike Ramsey, Glenn Brummer, Joe McDonald and Gene Gieselmann.
Despite lobbying for inclusion in the lineup, shortstop Rafael Furcal (lower back stiffness) was given another day off on Thursday. The medical staff cleared Furcal to play, but the Cardinals opted to hold him out until after the shortstop visits with the team doctor in St. Louis on Friday.
Furcal has taken batting and fielding practice prior to all three games of this series.
The Brewers have lined up their rotation for their upcoming series at Busch Stadium, which begins on Friday. Starting the series opener will be Randy Wolf (3-7, 5.45 ERA). He'll be followed by Mark Rogers on Saturday and Marco Estrada on Sunday.
First baseman Matt Adams went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. Since coming back from an elbow injury, Adams is 18-for-58 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
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