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MLB roundup: Cardinals' Molina hopes to return Tuesday

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An MRI on Yadier Molina's right knee showed no structural damage, and the St. Louis Cardinals catcher hopes to return to the lineup by Tuesday.

Tests after Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins showed inflammation in the knee. Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny raised concerns during his postgame meeting with the media when he said Molina was headed to a hospital for an exam.

"Everything came back negative and that's a relief," Molina said Sunday. "A couple days and I'll be ready to go."

Molina, who said the knee has bothered him for about a month, was the leading vote-getter for the July 16 All-Star Game in results announced Saturday.

Matheny called Molina's status day to day. The Cardinals have a scheduled off day on Monday and open a series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Molina's .346 batting average leads the National League and he is tied for the NL lead in doubles with 26. He has six home runs and 45 RBIs in 81 games.

---Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is hoping to return to the lineup on Thursday, MLB.com reported Sunday.

Braun's optimism was bolstered with a good batting practice session on Saturday. He has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of nerve inflammation between his right thumb and forefinger.

---The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman on the disabled list and activated reliever Joakim Soria.

Tepesch, 24, was the winning pitcher in Friday's 10-5 victory over the Houston Astros but experienced soreness in his inflamed right elbow on Saturday. He is 4-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 16 starts this year.

Berkman, 37, suffered an injured muscle in his hip and back during Saturday night's 9-5 loss to the Astros.

--- The San Diego Padres placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 60-day disabled list because of a right knee injury he suffered Saturday, MLB.com reported.

Grandal sustained ACL and MCL damage, although the Padres are not yet aware of the full extent of the injury. It is has not been determined whether surgery is necessary. He is hitting .216 with one home run this season.

Rene Rivera was called up from Triple-A Tucson to take Grandal's place on the roster. Rivera is expected to share time at catcher with Nick Hundley.

---The New York Yankees have claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The Yankees also transferred infielder Kevin Youkilis to the 60-day disabled list. Youkilis is out with a back injury.

Ishikawa was batting .316 with seven home runs in 49 games at Triple-A Norfolk before the Orioles called him up on June 18. The Orioles designated him for assignment on June.

--- Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to make his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday as the starting pitcher against the Diamondbacks at Arizona's Chase Field, MLB.com reported.

Nolasco was acquired on Saturday from the Miami Marlins in a trade for pitchers Steve Ames, Josh Wall, and Angel Sanchez. Nolasco was 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA for the Marlins this season.

The Dodgers moved left-hander Chris Capuano to the bullpen to clear a spot in the starting rotation for Nolasco.

---Colorado Rockies starter Roy Oswalt had to leave in the second inning of Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring.

He was covering home after throwing a wild pitch and slipped, causing the injury/

The Rockies had signed Oswalt to a Minor League deal on May 2.

---The Cleveland Indians designated right-hander Carlos Carrasco for assignment and selected the contract of right-handed releiver Preston Guilmet from Triple-A.

The Indians also transferred catcher Lou Marson to the 60-day disabled list.

Carrasco was the starting and losing pitcher on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, giving up seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Carrasco, who is 0-4 with a 9.10 ERA with the Indians, must pass through optional waivers before he can be returned to Triple-A Columbus.
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