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ST. Jordy Mercer Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season. The team estimated Molina could be sidelined eight to 12 weeks. Hes hoping to make it back in seven or eight weeks. "I almost cried," Molina said before Thursday nights game against the Pirates. "Mentally, its so frustrating. You play hard for something to happen like that, its bad." Molina got the news Thursday morning, three days from his 32nd birthday. The Cardinals left Busch Stadium Wednesday night prepared for the worst news and minor league call-up Audry Perez was already on the way. General manager John Mozeliak said hed be on the lookout for a "stopgap" solution. For now, backup Tony Cruz is the starter for the defending National League champions whove had a rash of serious injuries recently. Lefty Jaime Garcia also will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery Friday to relieve nerve pain and numbness and right-hander Michael Wacha is on the 15-day disabled list indefinitely with a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. Manager Mike Matheny said its important for the players to just keep going. The first step, he said, would be to consider the series finale against the Pirates as a day off for Molina. "Im going to continue to scream at the top of my lungs that this is an opportunity for us to step up, all of us," Matheny said. "The great players, the great teams, take this stuff and figure out a way to get it done." Molina was injured Wednesday when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base in the second inning. He caught another half-inning before Cruz hit for him in the third. The slide was the same as its always been, except for one critical difference. "This time," he said, "my thumb got stuck in the dirt." Molina said it would take five weeks for the thumb to heal after surgery and then hed begin a rehab program. Matheny said the team had to formulate a rehab plan. Perez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis and will be the backup behind Cruz, who totalled 51 at-bats the first 92 games with a .255 average and eight RBIs and also is a strong defender. "Ive got 100 per cent confidence, I have no doubt he can do it," Molina said. "Tonys smart, hes a good player, a good hitter, a good catcher." Molina was voted to his sixth straight NL All-Star team Sunday and is a starter for the fourth time. He was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs and led the major leagues by throwing out 47 per cent of attempted base stealers along with three pickoffs. He has been extremely durable, averaging 135 games the past six seasons. He missed two weeks with a sprained knee last season. Now, hell be an adviser and unofficial cheerleader for the defending National League champions. "I will be in the dugout, Ill be with the team," Molina said. "Im part of the team." The 27-year-old Cruz has been a backup the past four years with 12 starts this season. He had 28 starts both in 2013 and 2012. The 25-year-old Perez was batting .288 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 44 games at Memphis and threw out 29 per cent of base stealers. He played in two major league games last season with one at-bat. Kent Tekulve Jersey .com) - Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points with eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Chad Kuhl Jersey . In mens doubles, Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Croatian Mate Pavic and Andre Sa of Brazil. . - The Detroit Lions have placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve, ending his season.Washington, DC (Sports Network) - A pair of struggling Eastern Conference rivals clash on Saturday as D.C. United welcomes Toronto FC to RFK Stadium. United enters the match riding a two-match losing streak in league play and sits in 10th place in the East with just 13 points from 24 games this season. Last time out, D.C. went toe-to-toe with playoff contenders Montreal Impact put fell by a 2-1 count at Saputo Stadium. D.C. hung around for most of the opening 45 minutes, but Montreal found a break through two minutes before the break when Justin Mapp crossed low to the penalty spot from the right flank, and Felipes dummy fooled Uniteds center backs, leaving the ball for Marco Di Vaio to curl a right-footed strike into the top corner of Bill Hamids net. The home side drew level nine minutes from time when promising young striker Conor Doyle when he pounced on a Luis Silva through ball on the outside left and beat Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins at the far post. But it was Di Vaio that put the Impact back in front when he curled a beauty past a powerless Hamid just two minutes later to secure three points for his side. Additionally, United head coach Ben Olsen will not be on the touchline as he will serve a suspension for an altercation with Montreal head coach Marco Schallibaum. "I hate to make this about me because we alll have learned a lot from an organizational standpoint," Olsen said. Willie Stargell Jersey. "Players, coaches, maybe front office, fans, we all have gone through this together. And that is what Im proud of is that were still hanging in there and were still trying to get better each day and we found ourselves in a final, still." Toronto. meanwhile, is coming off a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium last week and sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 24 matches. Toronto fell behind last time out 19 minutes into the match as Chad Barson found Bernardo Anor with a cross, and he fired a shot into Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik. The rebound popped out to Federico Higuain and he slotted it home. Higuain completed his brace in the 67th minute when he floated a perfectly placed chip over the Toronto goalkeeper. "Our defenders were not really treating the ball with respect and keeping it," Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen said of his teams effort. "When we did keep it for like four or five passes, generally something half decent happened. We werent at the office. Im not going to single out anybody but I think everybody, from one to eleven, wasnt that great." In 16 all-time meetings between the sides, United holds a 10-4-2 advantage, including a 4-2-2 mark at home. ' ' '

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