"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."