Molina played in Game 3, but was pinch-hit for, and has been struggling with a wonky thumb. Addison Russell strained a hamstring in Game 4.
Here are your key takeaways from the Cardinals win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS in St. Louis.
For the first time in history, the Cubs and Cardinals will square off in the postseason. Let's break it down.
The first-place Cardinals may be facing the playoffs without their starting catcher and team leader.
Adam Wainwright has been cleared for baseball activities as he recovers from a torn Achilles. Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb, though.
Cardinals lead majors with 93 victories, but cannot afford to lose their field commander, who sustained a left thumb sprain Sunday. He's getting an MRI on Monday.
The Cardinals can certainly survive the loss of Matt Adams, but the effects of his loss will be felt elsewhere on the roster.
Although it doesn't appear to be serious, Hanley Ramirez left with a shoulder injury Monday night. That's bad news for a lackluster Red Sox offense. That plus the rest of Monday's MLB action, including an Astros loss -- finally.
Will the Cardinals ever *not* contend again? Probably not this season! (They'll contend.)
Several players signed contracts to avoid arbitration on Thursday. All of that plus plenty of hot stove rumors headline Thursday's daily news recap.

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