Worth noting

Tony Cruz started his ninth game behind the plate on Friday since All-Star Yadier Molina sustained a torn ligament in his right thumb.

"He's doing a nice job," Matheny said. "I think that in most of these games, that's really the one requirement of our catcher, is to give our pitchers all the help that they need and prepare our staff to keep us in the game from a pitching-catching game perspective."

• The Cardinals also claimed George Kottaras off waivers from Cleveland to back up Cruz, and St. Louis is rumored to be shopping the market for another catcher as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.