Cardinals C Laird, 2B Punto leave game
ST. LOUIS (AP)
Tony Cruz became the second Cardinals catcher to leave with an injury Thursday night after a foul ball bounced up and hit his right hand.
Laird came out in the second inning after hurting his hand sliding into home plate. He has a mild strain of his left ring finger.
Cruz was hurt in the eighth on Chris Johnson's foul ball. He was tended to for several minutes by a trainer and attempted a few throws before coming out of the game.
Yadier Molina, who had been given a rest, replaced Cruz.
Punto was removed after three innings and is day-to-day with a strained muscle on his left side. He appeared to get hurt while grounding back to the pitcher in the third.
Daniel Descalso replaced Punto in the St. Louis lineup.