Molina suffers left finger contusion
Catcher takes foul tip off the glove during fifth inning, exits
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Bengie Molina left Thursday night's game against the Chicago Cubs with a contusion on a finger on his left hand in the fifth inning.Molina underwent X-rays, which revealed no fracture. He'll be re-examined Friday. Molina retreated to the dugout after a foul tip off the bat of Chicago's Kosuke Fukudome struck his left hand. Though that's Molina's gloved hand, it has been sore for weeks, due to the grueling nature of the position.
"He's had that hand beat up pretty good all year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Television cameras caught Molina bent over in pain as backup catcher Eli Whiteside strapped on his gear to enter the game.Molina, 35, has been extremely durable during his three-year Giants tenure. He appeared in a career-high 134 games in 2007 and topped that with 145 last year. Thursday was Molina's 130th game. He's second on the team with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.