Baseball Notes | Cardinals' Molina sidelined by injury

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a fractured left wrist, the team said yesterday.

The Cardinals placed Molina on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of catcher Brian Esposito from triple-A Memphis. Esposito, 28, will be making his major-league debut.

The team's medical staff described Molina's injury as a non-displaced fracture that will be splinted and immobilized.

Washington Nationals starter Shawn Hill will visit a Cleveland doctor today for a second opinion on his injured right elbow.

The Toronto Blue Jays optioned righthander Jaime Vermilyea to triple-A Syracuse, purchased the contract of infielder Howie Clark, and designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.

The Texas Rangers recalled lefty John Koronka from triple-A Oklahoma and sent down Mike Wood.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jason Schmidt worked six shutout innings in a rehabilitation assignment for Inland of the California League.

Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz felt fine after playing catch before his team's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 40-year-old righthander left Tuesday night's game in the fourth inning after aggravating an injured little finger while batting. He is scheduled to start Sunday in Chicago.

Baltimore pitcher Jamie Walker has christened his newly born, 6-pound, 14-ounce son James Leyland.

But, no, it's not in honor of Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

The lad is actually named after Jamie's father, James Walker, and his wife Natalie's grandfather, Leyland Estes.

- Associated Press