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Yadier Molina Injury: Cardinals Catcher Leaves Game In 9th After Appearing To Tweak Oblique

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs with an apparent oblique injury. Molina was hurt trying to get out of the way of a Carlos Marmol fastball with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, with the game tied at 4.

It first appeared that Molina would stay in the game, as he stood near the batters box with his bat still in hand for several minutes. However, manager Mike Matheny and the team trainer walked off the field with Molina, who had already driven in a run in the ballgame.

Molina was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game, but is hitting .319 with 20 home runs and 69 runs batted in on the season.

Tony Cruz pinch-hit for Molina with the count at one ball and no strikes, and proceeded to flyout to deep centerfield to end the inning.

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