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Cards notebook: Molina heads to IL, could miss 3 weeks; Carp returns; Reyes not progressing

That IL assignment was backdated three days to Monday but manager Mike Shildt said Thursday night, “You’re looking beyond the 10 days.

Mozeliak made it clear, though, that no matter what the games behind say in the standings, a .500 mark, which is where the Cardinals are now, isn’t optimum. “If we’re still hovering around .500, it might be a different course of action,” he said. “You could be at .500 and leading your division but. . . that probably means we haven’t changed a whole lot.”

Rookie infielder Tommy Edman and second-year utilityman Yairo Munoz have contributed significantly when Carpenter was out and Shildt said the pair have “earned more opportunity.