Yadier Molina was held out of Friday night’s starting lineup at Nationals Park due to soreness in his right knee. Molina hurt his knee legging out a single in the 12th inning of Thursday’s 11-10 loss to the Nationals. He stepped awkwardly on first base.
Molina said that he felt fine when he left the park on Thursday feeling all right, but that on Friday the knee felt worse. As a result, he was kept out of the lineup, with Bryan Anderson starting in his place. It marked the first time all season that someone other than Molina caught one of the Cards’ top three starters (Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia).
“After I ran the base, I felt it a little bit, but I kept playing,” he said. “After the game I didn’t feel anything. But this morning I felt it a little bit.”
Molina and manager Tony La Russa both hope he will be available as soon as Saturday.