St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will have some work done on his knee next week, but don’t hit the panic button just yet.
The news was first reported by Primera Hora, which provided confirmation from Melvin Roman, Molina’s agent, who described it as “a simple thing” to help clean out the knee.
Reached by email, President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak seconded it will be a “very small procedure” and that Molina should only be sidelined for a few days. There is no expectation of this having a negative effect on Molina for Spring Training or the upcoming season.
Molina spent 1017.2 innings behind the plate last season en route to winning his 9th Rawlings Gold Glove.
Team doctors will perform the procedure in St. Louis.
The Cardinals catcher was also a subject earlier in the day as newly acquired Paul Goldschmidt discussed how eager he was to be teammates instead of opponents with Molina.
“I always kind of think about it as the pitcher, but also the catcher,” Goldschmidt explained. “Those two guys are always trying to work against you and work together to get you out and there’s the game plan. So I’ve always kind of thought about it like that. But with Yadi’s skill set, maybe more than most catchers out there. I love that competition with the pitcher and the catcher. It’s just fun to go out there and compete and try to win that.”
Competitiveness was another trait of Molina’s that stood out to Goldschmidt.
“I saw it in the World Baseball Classic, as well,” he said. “How much he wanted to win there and I’ve seen it here. I think that’s what stands out–it’s that passion. The relentlessness and the wanting to win more than anything. I respect that about him as much as anyone. Looking forward to seeing that on a daily basis and learning from him. He’s been around, he’s seen so much. He’s such a smart player, such a great hitter, great defensive catcher, managing the game, the pitchers, there’s a lot I can learn from him and many other players and looking forward to that.”
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