Carp returns to lineup, Molina 'within a 3-week range' to return from thumb injury

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As the St. Louis Cardinals return from the All-Star break on Friday, they'll be receiving some possible thump back in the lineup with the return of third baseman Matt Carpenter. 

The Cards announced his return to from the injured list after missing eight games due to lower back strain. The 33-year-old is hitting .216 with 10 home runs this season.

Also called up from Triple-A was the team's top catching prospect Andrew Knizner, who will be splitting time behind the plate with backup catcher Matt Wieter. 

Manager Mike Shildt confirmed to media that Yadier Molina will be out for up to three weeks longer while his right thumb strain heals. Shildt says the nine-time All-Star catcher's thumb isn't healthy as quickly as hoped, but there were no set backs. 

"It's one of those things that we want to be mindful because certain contact on a part of the bat and he gets jammed and that flares (his thumb strain) up," Shildt says. "Clearly it doesn't effect his catching and throwing because he did that really well. But he's gonna need more time to be offensively confident more consistently."

Shildt says Wieters will get a majority of the starts, but expects to get Knizner in for at least one of the games this weekend with Arizona in town for a three-game series beginning Friday. 

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