Molina, Tallet downplay injuries

Molina, Tallet downplay injuries

DENVER -- 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. Catcher Yadier Molina felt some discomfort in his left ankle before the game even started, but played eight innings before he was pulled for a pinch-runner.

Some of Tallet's teammates saw him indicating something amiss in his arm, and seemed to call out manager Tony La Russa and assistant athletic trainer Barry Weinberg to tend to him. Tallet was convinced to leave the game, but would have preferred not to.

"It wasn't really actually anything that I was overly concerned about," Tallet said. "They came out to get me. It wasn't like I called them out. It was just one of those things. They wanted to make sure it was precautionary. No reason to try to overdo something that could possibly get hurt."

Tallet and La Russa both left open the possibility that Tallet could pitch again before the weekend is out.

Tallet 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.

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.

"I was walking to the bullpen before the game," he said. "I don't know what happened. It started going tight. I'll be OK."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.