Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina out of lineup for Game 4 of NLDS

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CHICAGO (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series because of weakness in his left thumb.

Molina winced on a swing-and-miss in the fourth inning of Monday night's 8-6 loss to the Cubs, and then was checked by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny. The seven-time All-Star was removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth.

Molina missed the last part of the regular season due to a strained ligament in his thumb. He is 1 for 8 with two strikeouts in the series.

The Cubs also are missing a key player. Shortstop Addison Russell is out of the lineup after he left Game 3 with tightness in his left hamstring.

Chicago leads 2-1 in the best-of-series.

Tony Cruz got the start at catcher for the Cardinals on Tuesday, and Javier Baez is at shortstop for the Cubs.

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates scoring a run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 9, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 9: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning during Game 1 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday, October 9, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Jason Heyward #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a catch in the third inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 9, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty (55) scores the first run of the game ahead of a tag by Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross (3) in the first inning in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (Brian Cassela/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10: Jorge Soler #68 of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game two of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals dives to field a ground ball in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10: Carlos Villanueva #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat-Pool/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina chats with pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) after a wild throw in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cubs won, 6-3, to tie the series. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Addison Russell #22 of the Chicago Cubs slides safely into third base with a triple ahead of the tag by Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Caridnalsduring game three of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Russell was injured on the play. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 8-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty (55) celebrates a two-run home run with Matt Carpenter (13) of Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs tags out Tony Cruz #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals at home plate in the sixth inning during game four of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 13: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in game four of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on October 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs players celebrate after winning Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. The Cubs won 4-6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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