By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, and St. Louis hopes he might return during the regular season.
Molina missed about two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb last season. The Cardinals said Monday the latest injury, to his glove hand, is not so severe.
Molina was hurt while tagging the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo attempting to score the tying run on a fly ball on Sunday.
Tony Cruz will be the everyday catcher for now for St. Louis, which led the NL Central by four games with 13 to go.
Molina was batting .270 with four homers and 61 RBIs and is widely considered the best defensive catcher in the game.