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• Manager Mike Matheny said that Yadier Molina most likely will not start on Saturday, as Molina continues to deal with stiffness in his left shoulder/neck area. It was obvious on Friday that the stiffness was affecting him, too.

Cardinal pitchers were charged with three wild pitches and on each Molina appeared to have trouble reaching. Matheny removed Molina from the game in the seventh.

"A lot of it has to do with his left side shoulder taking the brunt of that hit the other day," Matheny said. "I remember that. Your glove feels like it weighs 10 pounds and you just can't move. He's been trying to fight through it."

Molina sat out only one game after being knocked down hard during a home-plate collision on Tuesday.

• Lance Berkman traveled from Memphis, where he wrapped up a rehab assignment on Thursday, to Washington on Friday. The Cardinals will activate the first baseman prior to Saturday's game. No corresponding move will be necessary since clubs are permitted to carry more than 25 players beginning on Sept. 1.

As for Berkman's playing time, it will likely be limited mostly to a pinch-hitting role. Berkman continues to fight soreness in his knees.

• A day after twisting his right ankle during pregame fielding drills, Matt Carpenter was still limping around on Friday. He said his ankle felt worse the day after the incident, which prompted the medical staff to X-ray it on Friday afternoon.

The X-rays came back negative, and Carpenter was cleared to pinch-hit had he been needed.

• Rookie affiliate Johnson City lost the third game of the best-of-three Appalachian League playoff series on Thursday to lose out on a trip to the championship round. Burlington (Royals) defeated Johnson City, 3-2, at home.

• Manager Mike Matheny said that Yadier Molina most likely will not start on Saturday, as Molina continues to deal with stiffness in his left shoulder/neck area. It was obvious on Friday that the stiffness was affecting him, too.

Cardinal pitchers were charged with three wild pitches and on each Molina appeared to have trouble reaching. Matheny removed Molina from the game in the seventh.

"A lot of it has to do with his left side shoulder taking the brunt of that hit the other day," Matheny said. "I remember that. Your glove feels like it weighs 10 pounds and you just can't move. He's been trying to fight through it."

Molina sat out only one game after being knocked down hard during a home-plate collision on Tuesday.

• Lance Berkman traveled from Memphis, where he wrapped up a rehab assignment on Thursday, to Washington on Friday. The Cardinals will activate the first baseman prior to Saturday's game. No corresponding move will be necessary since clubs are permitted to carry more than 25 players beginning on Sept. 1.

As for Berkman's playing time, it will likely be limited mostly to a pinch-hitting role. Berkman continues to fight soreness in his knees.

• A day after twisting his right ankle during pregame fielding drills, Matt Carpenter was still limping around on Friday. He said his ankle felt worse the day after the incident, which prompted the medical staff to X-ray it on Friday afternoon.

The X-rays came back negative, and Carpenter was cleared to pinch-hit had he been needed.

• Rookie affiliate Johnson City lost the third game of the best-of-three Appalachian League playoff series on Thursday to lose out on a trip to the championship round. Burlington (Royals) defeated Johnson City, 3-2, at home.