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Molina sidelined by knee injury

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was sent for medical tests for a knee injury and did not play Saturday against the Marlins, but before leaving told teammates he didn't believe it was anything serious.

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Pitcher Adam Wainwright said Molina told him he'd probably be OK with a little rest and that the tests were ``purely precautionary.'' Molina has been among the best players in the league the first half of the season.

``It's been bothering him a little bit, I think,'' Wainwright said. ``What he told me is it's not something a couple days won't heal him up. I think he's going to be just fine.''

Manager Mike Matheny said the knee began bothering Molina on Friday night.

``We saw some things during the game that gave us an indication,'' Matheny said. ``So we're going to have to wait and see what the medical staff says.''

Molina has played in 81 of St. Louis' 86 games and leads the National League with a .346 average and has six homers and 45 RBIs. Backup Tony Cruz made his eighth start of the season and first since June 26.

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