Manager Tony La Russa admitted he didn't expect to have Molina available until at least sometime this weekend. Molina didn't participate in normal pregame workouts with his teammates and wore a heavy ice wrap on his thigh a few hours before game time.
"I hope it's a couple [days]," La Russa said. "He got hit pretty solid, and it's a tender area. He's a tough guy, I know that."
Jason LaRue is the Cardinals' primary catcher in Molina's absence. Mark Johnson is the only other catcher on the active roster.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.