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Audry Perez called up, to back up Tony Cruz following Yadier Molina injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:59 pm ET) The Cardinals recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis Thursday, following Yadier Molina's placement on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

Perez will likely serve as the primary backup to Tony Cruz, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Molina could be out for the rest of the regular season following a torn ligament in his thumb. 


Brett Gardner only sits out one game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:58 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Indians after sitting out Wednesday due to a lower abdominal strain. Gardner is batting .296 (8 for 27) with one triple, one home run, five RBI, five walks and five runs in eight July games.

Yadier Molina will need thumb surgery; out two months
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:56 pm ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina could miss up to three months with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announce Thursday.

General manager John Mozeliak told reporters Molina will require surgery on the thumb, which he injured during Wednesday's game. He will need eight to 12 weeks to recovery, putting him out until mid-September at the earliest, but possibly for the remainder of the regular season on the high end. 

Molina had appeared in 83 of the team's first 91 games, and was set to appear in next week's All-Star team. He was hitting .287/.341/.409 in 303 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Yankees recall Yangervis Solarte
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) The Yankees recalled infielder Yangervis Solarte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after placing outfielder Carlos Beltran on the disabled list due to a concussion. Solarte was immediately placed in the starting lineup at third base Thursday at Cleveland.

Carlos Beltran lands on DL with concussion
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:49 pm ET) The Yankees placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the 7-day concussion disabled list Thursday. Beltran also has two fractured bones in his face after being struck by a batted ball during batting practice Wednesday.

Brandon Cumpton down, Jeff Dacker up for Pirates
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:47 pm ET) The Pirates sent pitcher Brandon Cumpton down to Triple-A Indianapolis Thursday, to make room on the active roster for the recall of outfielder Jaff Decker.  

Report: Reds fear Brandon Phillips has ligament damage in thumb
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) The Reds fear second baseman Brandon Phillips has suffered a serious injury in his left thumb, according to FOXSports.com Thursday.

According to the report, Phillips is expected to miss significant time, with a ligament issue in his left thumb. It is possible the ligament is torn, though that has not been confirmed at this point.

Phillips suffered the injury during Wednesday's game, when he rolled awkwardly while making a defensive play. Phillips is hitting .272/.308/.392 for the season.  


Royals place Jason Vargas on DL, recall Louis Coleman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) The Royals announced Thursday they placed starting pitcher Jason Vargas (appendectomy) on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher Louis Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take his roster spot.

Yadier Molina out of lineup; awaiting details on thumb
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:36 pm ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, as a result of a thumb injury suffered in the previous game.

The Cardinals have scheduled a pre-game press conference for general manager John Mozeliak, expected to be about Molina's injury. At this point, more details are not yet known.


Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas sidelined again Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:19 pm ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (wrist) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (illness) were both held out of the starting lineup Thursday vs. Detroit. It was the second straight game both players were unable to start.

 
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