“That was a bad one,” said Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher (via the Post-Dispatch). “And those ones don’t necessarily feel better tomorrow. That was hard to see.”
Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna was more succinct: “One hundred and two [mph], fouled it off, [Molina] just missed it, and [it] hit him straight. That’s bad.”
Molina, 35, is hitting .272 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 30 games. The Cardinals’ top catching prospect, Carson Kelly, was scratched from the Class AAA team’s Saturday night game in Memphis, and he is expected to be activated in time for Sunday night’s game against the Cubs, with the Cardinals on the cusp of sweeping the series.
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