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Cardinals Molina out 8-12 weeks

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(WMC) - The St. Louis Cardinals will be without its all-star catcher for the foreseeable future.

Yadier Molina will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.

The 6-time all-star was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance during a feet-first slide into third base in the second inning.

Molina, who was hitting .287 with seven homeruns and 30 RBIs, was voted to his sixth straight NL All-Star team Sunday and is a starter for the fourth time.

Tony Cruz will take over starting duties, and the Cardinals recalled catcher Audrey Perez from the Redbirds before tonight's game against Pittsburgh.

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