09/11/08 8:46 PM ET
Molina likely out until weekend, at least
Thigh bruise suffered Wednesday hindering Cards catcher
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Manager Tony La Russa admitted he didn't expect to have Molina available until at least sometime this weekend. Molina didn't participate in normal pregame workouts with his teammates and wore a heavy ice wrap on his thigh a few hours before game time.
"I hope it's a couple [days]," La Russa said. "He got hit pretty solid, and it's a tender area. He's a tough guy, I know that."
Jason LaRue is the Cardinals' primary catcher in Molina's absence. Mark Johnson is the only other catcher on the active roster.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.