Tony La Russa Friday Pre-Game Comments

Audio clips of the Cards' skipper directly from RFK Stadium Friday talking about Molina in the batting order, the imminent return of Grudzielanek, injury updates on Walker and Sanders, the rotation status of Jason Marquis and more.

Tony La Russa held court in his office before the game, and in a good mood after his eventful Thursday evening, discussed a variety of topics. They are presented here in the manager's own words.

On Yadier Molina hitting fourth against lefties and seventh or eighth and the clean-up hitter strategy.

On Mark Grudzielanek being ready to start this weekend.

On plans to play Larry Walker in the next two series.

On Jason Marquis and Anthony Reyes in September.

On cutting one reliever at the end of the month and his optimal roster size.

On Reggie Sanders' readiness for September 1.

On the aftermath of the Duncan altercation in Pittsburgh.

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