“Elbow tightness” for Tallet, sore ankle for Molina – UPDATED

Two Cardinals were removed from Friday night’s win over the Rockies due to injury concerns, but both men played down their conditions after the game.

Brian Tallet came down with some tightness in his left elbow, but said afterward that he didn’t even want to come out of the game. Manager Tony La Russa and assistant athletic trainer Barry Weinberg prevailed upon him to leave as a precaution. Tallet and La Russa both left open the possibility that Tallet could pitch again before the weekend is out.

Catcher Yadier Molina, meanwhile, suffered what he called tightness in his left ankle prior to the game. He started, though, and played eight innings before La Russa removed him for a pinch-runner. Molina likewise downplayed his situation, indicating that he expects to play on Saturday.

Tallet was removed from the game after only six pitches. He was replaced by Eduardo Sanchez, who hit a batter but got through the eighth otherwise without incident. Tallet has had a series of maladies this year. He missed time in Spring Training due to a strained left groin, then suffered a broken bone in his right hand in April, sidelining him for nearly six weeks.

-M.

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