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Pete Kozma

Molina on Cardinals' roster, will play wearing splint

All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals' roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb. "I think he feels pain," manager Mike Matheny said Thursday. "He just doesn't recognize it, or know how to define it." Molina also was scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck at the St. Louis Blues opener against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, a day before the start of the best-of-five series against the Cubs. "What he does behind the plate more than anything is a game-changer," leadoff man Matt Carpenter said. "He's really...