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MLB roundup: Cards' Molina leaves game with sore wrist

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning with a sore wrist.

The club announced that Molina's status is day-to-day.

Molina, 31, went on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season with a right knee sprain. Prior to that, he had not been on the DL since 2007.

Molina had a batting line of .329/.367/.488 with 10 home runs and 61 RBI in 112 games this year heading into Monday.

---The Cincinnati Reds called up speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton and infielder Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

Cincinnati also activated catcher Corky Miller from the 15-day disabled list.

Hamilton rose to prominence last season when he had a professional-record 155 stolen bases between high-Class A and Class AA. The 22-year-old stole 75 bases in 90 attempts for Louisville this year. He batted .256 with a .308 on-base percentage, six home runs and 41 RBI in 123 games.

---Injured Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will not need surgery, but has arthritis in his pitching elbow, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Rodriguez said the pain he has when throwing feels "like it's in the bone."

It is not clear if the 34-year-old will return this season. He has not pitched since June 5. He is 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 12 starts this year. He has a $13 million player option for next season.

---When injured Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli returns from a right forearm strain, he might pitch in a different role.

Grilli has been out since late July but is on a minor league rehab assignment.

Mark Melancon has been closing games with Grilli out. Melancon is 8-for-9 in save opportunities with a 0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP since Grilli went down.

Grilli made 30 saves with a 2.34 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings this year before the injury.

---Two Pennsylvania men were arrested Saturday morning while trying to steal ivy from Wrigley Field's outfield walls, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The two men were spotted by team security on closed-circuit cameras entering the stadium around 3:45 a.m. When police arrived, they were on the field trying to get ivy, according to Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green.

Green characterized the men as "just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home." However, he said the Cubs do pursue criminal charges against any trespasser, which happens a few times a year.

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