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07/28/09 8:08 PM ET

Cards' Ankiel suffers mild groin strain

Outfielder likely to miss only one or two days of action

ST. LOUIS -- Surging outfielder Rick Ankiel suffered a mild groin strain during Monday night's 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers but might only miss a day or two.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said that he would try to avoid using Ankiel on Tuesday night but that he could probably play in an emergency.

Ankiel, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored, suffered the strain while swinging during an at-bat on Monday night.

The outfielder has been red-hot over his past 17 games, hitting .419 with six extra-base hits and just three strikeouts.

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.