CHICAGO Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina downplayed any serious issue with his lower back after he tweaked it while getting out of the way of an inside fastball during their 5-4 win in ten innings Saturday afternoon.
Molina was batting with the go-ahead run on third base in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game when he moved awkwardly to avoid a Carlos Marmol fastball. He fell to the ground and was immediately attended to by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and head trainer Greg Hauck.
The Gold Glove catcher argued to remain in the game but Matheny decided against it. Backup catcher Tony Cruz pinch-hit and popped out to deep center to end the inning.
"Not really, I'm not concerned," Molina said afterwards. "I'm a little worried because anytime your back hurts, you are a little worried, but its better to take one or two days off and finish strong.
"I wanted to stay in there because you want to be there for your team but at the same time, you want to be careful with that because it's ver...