CHICAGO -- Yadier Molina is as surprised as anyone at how long his thigh injury has lingered.
"I thought it was going to take like two or three days," Molina said. "And it's taken [nearly] two weeks, and still. The main thing is to get it right, get it fixed. When it's good to go, it's good."
On Sept. 10, Molina sustained a nasty bruise on his left thigh in a collision at home plate with Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly. Ten days later, Lilly once again took his regular turn in the rotation, while Molina is still out.
Molina has played once in the intervening time. On Sunday in Pittsburgh, he attempted to return, but lasted 3 1/2 innings before the pain from crouching in his catcher's position became too much.
So he'll likely be a little more patient this time around, making sure the condition is fully healed before trying to play a full game. He is not expected to play before Monday at home, at the earliest. But Molina has no plans to shut it down entirely before the season ends.
"It's a good year but you want to finish strong and healthy," he said. "You want to be out there with your teammates, fighting to help your team win. When you can't do nothing, you feel like you're not part of the team."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.