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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina gets favorable report on sore foot

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was available as a “super emergency guy” on Saturday, a day after the nine-time All-Star exited early with soreness in his right foot.

“The initial imaging turned out favorably but they want to do more so he can move it around a little more to make sure there’s no impairment to it,” manager Mike Shildt said. “If that’s the case, it’s really good news. We’re optimistic about it.”

During his at-bat in the fifth inning Friday night against Cincinnati, Molina hurt his right foot and left the game.

Molina was not in the starting lineup Saturday with Andrew Knizner playing in his place. Shildt said Molina would be a “super emergency guy” for the game.

Molina, 38, had raised his batting average to .339 after he homered, his fifth of the season, and doubled in a 5-4 win over the Reds.

“I talked to him,” Shildt said. “He may be the toughest man alive and he said, ‘I can play.’ I’m not too worried about it.”

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Tampa Bay Rays deal reliever Hunter Strickland to Los Angeles Angels

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The Tampa Bay Rays traded right-handed relief pitcher Hunter Strickland to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Strickland, 32, has appeared in 13 games for the Rays this season, registering a 1.69 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched.

He made the Rays roster in spring training as a non-roster invitee.

The eight-year veteran has a 16-16 career record with 21 saves and a 3.14 ERA and 249 strikeouts. He also has pitched for the Giants, Mariners, Nationals and Mets during his career.

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Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ ‘good’ after being activated from IL

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The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Ian Happ from the injured list after he missed time due to bruised ribs.

“They’re good,” Happ said Saturday morning. “I feel great. It’s not like anything I’ve ever had before. Working out the last three to four days, being able to throw, hit, run and do everything it takes to play in a major league baseball game.”

Happ, 26, was injured in a collision with second baseman Nico Hoerner as both players converged on a pop up in the outfield earlier this month. Hoerner also spent time on the injured list with a forearm injury. He was activated on Friday.

To make room on the roster for Happ, infielder Ildemaro Vargas was designated for assignment. Happ is batting sixth and playing centerfield against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ AJ Pollock (hamstring) likely headed to IL, Dave Roberts says

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Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder AJ Pollock left Friday night’s 9-6 win over the Miami Marlins with a left hamstring strain and is likely headed for the injured list, manager Dave Roberts said.

Pollock was making his first start since straining his left hamstring last week in a 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

In the second inning Friday, Pollock singled in the game’s first run but aggravated his hamstring injury when he took third base on Austin Barnes‘ RBI double. Pollock was removed for a pinch-runner.

“He felt it grab, so kind of right now, with where we’re at, I assume it’s gonna be an IL and we’ll probably have a move tomorrow,” Roberts said.

Pollock is batting .277 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 32 games.

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