Cardinals must go without Molina

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves Thursday.

Molina’s move to the IL was retroactive to Monday. The nine-time All-Star, who missed 12 games in May and June with a similar injury, pinch hit last Saturday but hasn’t started a game since June 3.

Carpenter has been sidelined since June 29 with a lower back strain.

Bregman exits

ARLINGTON, Texas — Houston Astros All-Star infielder Alex Bregman left Houston’s game at Texas on Thursday night after a groundball bounced up and hit him on the chin.

Manager A.J. Hinch said during an in-game interview on the ESPN broadcast that it looked like Bregman’s chin was split open. Hinch said Bregman wanted to stay in the game, but the team got him out to get checked by a doctor.

Bregman was playing shortstop, and shifted toward the middle of the infield in the third inning when he went to field a grounder hit by Shin-Soo Choo. The ball took a late high hop and caught Bregman squarely on the lower half of his face.

Ratings not good

NEW YORK — Baseball’s All-Star Game had a record low television rating.

The American League’s 4-3 win over the National League on Tuesday night in Cleveland had a 5.0 rating on Fox, according to Nielsen Media Research. The game was seen by an average of 5.93 million households and 8.14 million viewers.

That is down from the previous record low rating of 5.2 and 8.69 million viewers for the AL’s 8-6, 10-inning victory last year.

The Home Run Derby drew a combined 6.2 million viewers and a 4.54 rating on ESPN and ESPN2 on Monday night, up from 5.97 million viewers and a 4.39 rating last year.

Elsewhere:

n Carlos Carrasco won’t let cancer change him. The Indians right-hander was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last month, but that has hardly slowed Carrasco, who has been throwing bullpen sessions with the hopes of pitching again for Cleveland this season. Carrasco spoke to media members Thursday for the first time since his diagnosis and said he’s thankful for the support he’s received from teammates and throughout baseball. The 32-year-old was moved by the ovation he received Tuesday night during the All-Star Game in Cleveland. During the fifth inning, Carrasco was joined on the field during Major League Baseball’s “Stand Up To Cancer” salute by his teammates and Indians manager Terry Francona. Carasco says he will push himself to get stronger.

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