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04/27/08 4:44 PM ET
Molina continues to rest sore legs
Giants catcher hopes to return Monday against Rockies
By Jayson Addcox / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Benjie Molina was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup because of lingering soreness in his legs. According to manager Bruce Bochy, Molina's soreness may be related to the strained left quadriceps injury that limited the catcher's activity in Spring Training. Bochy said he spoke with Molina and the training staff and they decided he could use another day off to rest his sore legs. "You know, it looked like it cleared up from this spring, but he felt it again on that double two days ago," Bochy said. "I think with what happened in Spring Training, it's something that we don't want him to suffer a setback, so we're going to err on the side of caution."
With Molina out of the lineup for a second consecutive game, backup catcher Steve Holm batted seventh with center fielder Aaron Rowand in Molina's customary cleanup spot. Molina, who is hitting .500 (6-for-14) in his last three games, said he would be ready to go Monday when the Giants take on the Rockies.
Bochy continued his shortstop platoon Sunday with Brian Bocock making the start and batting eighth. With Omar Vizquel still on the shelf, it seems like Bochy will continue to use both Bocock, who is hitting .172 (11-for-64) in 24 games, and Emmanuel Burriss at shortstop.
Burriss, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno last Sunday, went 1-for-4 Saturday night and is batting .167 (2-for-12) in six games with the Giants this season.
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Jayson Addcox is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.