Albert Pujols returned to the St. Louis lineup Wednesday, but the Cardinals lost All-Star catcher Yadier Molina to injury during a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.Molina left the game in the second inning with a strained right oblique and will be reevaluated on Thursday.
“It wasn’t that bad, but I didn’t want to make it worse,” Molina said. “I don’t know how long it will take to recover. Hopefully it’s only a couple of days.”
Molina injured his oblique while sliding into second on a double. He advanced to third on David Freese’s single to center but did not try to score. He left the game immediately thereafter, walking off the infield holding his right side.
The loss of Molina concerned manager Tony La Russa, who only hours before was eagerly anticipating Pujols’ return to lineup.