Molina gets planned day off from Cards' lineup

Molina gets planned day off from Cards' lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- With a day game after a night game, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was scheduled to skip a start at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday against the Phillies. But after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch on Friday and on the hand on Saturday, probability went out the window and became a definite.

"He's all beat up," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's still a little sore from the elbow and the hand today. He's just so tough, and we've been riding him. He gets so much respect from the guys in this clubhouse. They know what he's doing back there and to help Jake [Westbrook] get to the point he did control that game [Saturday night]. The more I watch him, the more I am impressed."

Molina entered Sunday having played nine consecutive days in which he hit .367 (11-for-30) despite being banged up more than usual, even for a catcher.

"He caught the last day game after a night game in San Francisco," Matheny said. "He's been grinding through for us, and he just needs today."