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Molina, Rasmus cleared to play

Molina, Rasmus cleared to play

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals got good injury reports on both Yadier Molina and Colby Rasmus on Tuesday, and both were available for Tuesday night's game against the Giants at Busch Stadium.

Molina, who bruised his right thigh during a collision at home plate with the Twins' Michael Cuddyer on Saturday afternoon, felt better after two days off and returned to the starting lineup. The left-handed-hitting Rasmus missed Monday's game with a hiatal hernia but wasn't in the lineup on Tuesday because the Giants sent lefty Randy Johnson to the hill.

"He's playable," manager Tony La Russa said of Molina. "He knows if he couldn't go, we'd shut him down, but he's playable."

Backup catcher Jason LaRue, who started behind the plate on Sunday and Monday, is 0-for-10 in his career against Johnson with eight strikeouts.

Rasmus, mired in a 2-for-24 slump, was unavailable on Monday after being put to sleep for a morning examination that was able to find the cause for his ongoing stomach pain.

"Some days are worse than others," Rasmus said. "I'd have a period where I'd feel fine and then I'd have a couple days where my stomach was hurting and I wouldn't eat and be kind of weak.

"Some days you might feel a little weak, but I've been alright. I'm not going to blame anything on that."

Rasmus was told by doctors to stop eating late at night and to start eating smaller meals throughout the day. He was also told to chew his food more and to try and eat foods that are easy to digest.

"I think he's ready to go," La Russa said. "I think he is. But I don't know if today is a good day to bring him out of it.

"There's a good chance he'll play tomorrow."

B.J. Rains is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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