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Molina exits Sunday's finale with Braves

Molina exits Sunday's finale with Braves
ST. View Full Game Coverage PETERSBURG -- Rays catcher Jose Molina left Sunday's game after the sixth inning as a precautionary measure when a ball struck him hard in his mask.

Molina was checked out by team doctors and all signs and symptoms were said to be normal.

"When he initially got hit, he kinda went back to his haunches a bit," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "He came out and just was not 100 percent right. I was not comfortable sending him back out there."

Stephen Vogt replaced Molina behind the plate.

Molina wasn't the only Rays player hurt in the weekend series. In Saturday's 5-2 win over the Braves, infielder Jeff Keppinger while sitting in the dugout was struck in the leg by a foul ball hit by Martin Prado. Maddon added Keppinger was being "checked on" Sunday by the training staff.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for

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