Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Over this past weekend, St. Louis Cardinals held their Winter Warm-up and of course, Yadier Molina was in attendance.
Not only did Molina retort to Cubs Kris Bryant's statement of "St. Louis is boring", coming back with "....loser", he touched on the possibility of one more season after his current contract runs out in 2020. However, only as a Cardinals. Being realistic, he will see how these next two seasons go before anything firm in his decision.
But, with that 'out there', rest assured we will now hear about it for the next two seasons. This is news coming from MLB's most extraordinary catcher, field general, Face and Icon for the Cardinals.
UPDATE ON MOLINA'S OFF-SEASON KNEE PROCEDURE
The most important piece of information is regarding Molina's minor "clean-up" of his left knee this off-season (December 2018).
Actually, a minor procedure versus major knee surgery - a 'clean up' procedure to eliminate a bothersome spur which he dealt with during the 2018 season. He has been rehabbing since. All is going well and as expected. However, even as minor as it might have been ~ per Derrick Goold:
Scary? No, not at all for anyone who is very familiar with Molina. He is one tough player, competitor and he will do all that is necessary to be ready for the bulk of the 2019 season. Just can't keep a "good goat" down.
Molina, who had a bone spur in his left knee attended to in the offseason, said he probably was at 50 percent now and that he said he didn’t plan on playing spring training games until perhaps mid-March. He said he would be catching few, if any, bullpen sessions until March as he is squatting at only about 10 percent now.
“I will keep working with my rehab down there in Jupiter (Fla.),” said Molina. “We are planning to be ready for the season. We are planning to be 100 percent ready."
In that, Cardinals fans you may rest assured it will be so.
And, Molina may be held out the first few games of the season - precautionary for him to see play in the majority of games in the upcoming season. As we know, it can be hard to 'bench' him - no matter the Cardinals manager. But I believe Molina realizes - better to miss a few starts in the beginning, than to miss the first full month of play.
CARDINALS STILL TO NAME A BACK-UP CATCHER
Which leaves us to surmise. Will catcher Francisco Pena (re-signed to a minor league contract), once again, win out as Yadier's back-up as back-stop?
Spring Training is just 20 days away for pitchers and catchers to report in. Have a feeling Molina is already at Jupiter - Roger Dean complex. We will see him, I'm sure. Even though not 'suited up', he will be with his teammates full force.
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