Molina rests tight hamstring in finale

Molina rests tight hamstring in finale

NEW YORK -- The Giants and Bengie Molina remained cautious about his tight left hamstring, as the catcher stayed out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the New York Mets.

Hoping to try to play, Molina tested his leg before the game by taking batting practice and running gingerly. He then decided to sit out rather than risk aggravating his injury. Molina was idle for most of this series: He pinch-hit Friday and played two innings Saturday before leaving the game.

Molina, who has started 22 of San Francisco's 30 games, didn't feel compelled to overextend himself to play, though he typically catches Tim Lincecum, Sunday's starter.

"We're in good hands," Molina said, referring to backup catcher Eli Whiteside.

Whiteside, who compiled a .244 average in nine Minor League seasons before batting .228 in 49 games with the Giants last year, entered Sunday hitting .385 in 12 games.

"Some guys figure it out later [in their careers], manager Bruce Bochy said. "They improve and make adjustments. He has really started to swing the bat with more authority and drive the ball."