All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals' roster for the National League 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."
Ace Adam Wainwright, who recovered more quickly than expected after tearing his left Achilles in April, will be part of an 11-man bullpen after working three one-inning stints at the end of the season. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said the 34-year-old will be available to work multiple innings and perhaps on consecutive days.
Molina was injured on a tag play against the Cubs in Chicago on Sept. 20. He has been working out for three days wearing a molded plastic brace for catching and with the hand taped for hitting.
Molina expected hitting would be more difficult but said receiving has been a bigger challenge.
"Obviously, it was a serious injury," Molina said. "The trainers and doctors did a great job. The pain's going to be there. So, I'm ready to go."
Water cooler is cool
It's all good between Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez and the dugout water cooler he TKO'd during Wednesday's wild-card loss to the Cubs in Pittsburgh.
Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning when the benches cleared and took out his frustrations on a cooler, working several combinations on it before it tumbled to the ground.
Rodriguez took to Twitter to apologize Thursday "for allowing my emotions to control my actions in a negative manner." He added he "spoke to the cooler, apologized personally, and he's forgiven me as Christ forgives all."
• Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won't be calling any games for the Dodgers this postseason after undergoing a medical procedure. Doctors advised the 87-year-old to skip the playoffs in order to rest up.
• Kansas City went with speed over power on its Division Series roster, choosing pinch runner Terrance Gore at the expense of late-season acquisition Jonny Gomes.
• Houston left veteran reliever Chad Qualls, part of the Astros' last playoff team in 2005, off their roster for the Division Series against the Royals.