PHOENIX -- Initial X-rays of Yadier Molina's left wrist showed no fracture, a diagnosis that had the Cardinals hopeful they dodged a disaster on a night in which they watched their starting catcher exit after being hit by a pitch behind the plate.
Molina suffered the injury in the final inning of the Cardinals' 6-1 over the D-backs as he set up on the outside part of the plate, anticipating a slider from reliever Mitchell Boggs. Instead, Boggs threw a 96 mph inside fastball.
Molina attempted to react, but as he reached to the left, the fastball struck his wrist, just above his glove. It hit the same bone that Molina fractured in 2007. That injury cost him nearly a month that summer.
Upon exiting the field, Molina was immediately ushered into a trainer's room, where he had X-rays taken. The D-backs' team physician read them first and did not find evidence of a break. The X-rays will be further examined to make sure that there really is no concern of a fracture.
"He's going to be tender for a while," manager Mike Matheny said. "We'll probably have to get a couple more looks at it."
Molina seemed unconcerned about the possibility of being sidelined long. As he walked around the Cardinals' clubhouse with his wrist wrapped, he was smiling, joking with teammates.
"I think everything is good," Molina said. "I don't have too much pain right now. After a couple minutes it was getting better and better and better. Hopefully tomorrow it can be good."
Molina likely won't play on Wednesday, even if for precautionary reasons. If his absence isn't expected to be for more than a few games, the Cardinals won't make a roster move. Tony Cruz can start in Molina's place, and the Cardinals have several position players -- including Matt Carpenter, Daniel Descalso and David Freese - who could serve as an emergency catcher.
"I'm glad everything is all right," Molina said. "Every time that happens to a catcher, it's scary. It's not fun."