If there is something far worse than plummeting out of first place losing a sixth consecutive game and dropping a doubleheader to their chief challenger the Cardinals found it in the rubble of a calamitous day at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
Catcher Yadier Molina the cornerstone of the club left Tuesday’s night game with a right knee injury that will put him on the disabled list today.
It’s been that kind of road trip.
Molina did not play in the Cardinals’ 2-1 extra-inning loss in the first game of the doubleheader but he started the second game a 6-0 shutout by the Pirates. After the third inning he was removed because of soreness in the same knee that kept him out of games before the All-Star break. Molina will return to St. Louis this morning to meet with a team physician and have a second MRI scan this month taken of the joint. Molina a leading hitter in the National League and MVP-caliber catcher said he expects to miss at least 15 days.
“I tried to play through it but it was get...