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Injured knee keeps Cardinals' Yadier Molina sidelined vs Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a day after being struck on the right knee guard by a foul tip.

Manager Mike Matheny says there would be no roster move, and Tony Cruz will start for Molina.

PHOTO: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) leaves the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) leaves the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Matheny says "We're still hopeful that we're talking a day or so. We'll adjust as we need to."

Molina's knee is less swollen but still sore, making it difficult to get in the catcher's squat. Matheny says he may use Molina as a pinch-hitter.

The Cardinals other possible catcher is infielder Pete Kozma, who caught a bullpen session Saturday.

The 32-year-old Molina has played in 14 of the Cardinals' 15 games. He's hitting .294.

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