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John Mozeliak

Cards catcher Molina will try to play with splint over thumb

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.

The All-Star, widely considered the best defensive catcher in the game, met with a hand specialist on Monday.

Molina partially tore ligament on Sept. 20 making a tag at the plate and hasn't played since. St. Louis said the injury was still present, and he will test the splint during workouts the next few days.

General manager John Mozeliak said Molina was feeling stronger and added he was "still optimistic" the 33-year-old would be on the postseason roster.

Backup Tony Cruz would be the starter if Molina is...