With two men on and no outs in the 10th inning on Sunday, Laird attempted a sacrifice bunt. The pitch from Louis Coleman hit him, and though he stayed in the game, it was clear he was in serious pain. The Royals argued, claiming that the ball hit Laird's bat, but he was awarded the base. The Cardinals had no estimate on a timetable for Laird's absence as of early Sunday evening.
"It's part of the game," Laird said. "I was just trying to square and make the bunt down. Obviously, now they know it actually hit me. It's just one of those things. It's a tough break. Hopefully, it heals pretty quick and I can get back and do what I can to help this team win."
Laird was in the game as the designated hitter after Matt Holliday was removed due to a recurrence of tightness in his left quadriceps.
Tony Cruz and Bryan Anderson are the two catchers at Triple-A Memphis, and both are on the 40-man roster. General manager John Mozeliak said before he boarded the team's flight to San Diego that no decision had been made on a replacement. However, Cruz is considered the superior defender and has played more in May than Anderson. He also lasted longer with the club in Spring Training.