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Kline hopes to be ready for postseason

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Steve Kline will be
sidelined three to four weeks with a torn groin, but hopes to
recover in time for the postseason.

An MRI exam Tuesday revealed the extent of the injury sustained
by the lefty while fielding a bunt on Friday. He was placed on the
15-day disabled list on Saturday and with the Cardinals leading the
NL Central by 15½ games, he's not going to try to rush back.

"Why risk it right now, the way the team is playing?" Kline
said. "I want to try to get back a week or 10 days before the
season ends and try to get back into the groove of pitching before
the playoff run."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn't seem worried, given the
time frame for recovery.

"We have about 33 days left and it seems to me he'll be ready
to go," La Russa said.

Kline is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA and three saves. He has not allowed
an earned run in 31 games at home this season, encompassing 26
innings.

The Cardinals still had two left-handers in the bullpen on
Tuesday with Ray King and Randy Flores, and a third left-hander,
Rick Ankiel, will be activated off the 15-day disabled list on
Wednesday.

La Russa said he'll use Ankiel, who last pitched in the major
leagues in 2001, either in relief or as a spot starter.