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Yadier Molina out with back injury

Updated: August 17, 2012, 6:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina missed a third start because of mid-back tightness, but he and the Cardinals believe he could return by the end of the weekend.

"Yesterday, I couldn't swing," Molina said Friday. "Today, I was swinging way better. Hopefully, tomorrow I can give you good news."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the start of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates that Molina was much improved. Matheny was hopeful the four-time All-Star ...

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