08/27/08 2:36 AM ET
Sanchez slated to start Monday
Lowry mixes in changeups; foul tips bruising Molina
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"It'd be huge for him to go into the offseason and have that out of the way," right-hander Matt Cain said.In another injury-related matter, catcher Bengie Molina remained in the lineup, although his left hand that absorbed multiple foul tips Monday remained sore and swollen. Molina acknowledged that such physical abuse is part of the job, but added, "This year has been the worst. I don't know what I'm doing wrong or if I'm doing something wrong." He explained that he keeps his gloved palm open as he awaits the ball, then begins to close his hand as the pitch approaches. The foul tips tend to strike his hand at that point, when it's slightly cupped. Asked if catching a staff featuring so many strikeout-oriented pitchers could be a factor, since hitters might tend to make less authoritative contact and therefore tip more deliveries, Molina said this could be a possibility. "Catching very young, talented guys, that can happen," Molina said. "[Hitters] are going to barely touch it. Sometimes they just tip the ball and that's when you get it."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.