After having a procedure to clean up his knee about 10 days ago, Yadier Molina says he’s recovering well.
“They took away a small bone that I had for many years and it started to annoy me last year,” Molina told Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia this week. “I feel really good…God willing, I’m going to be okay from day one (spring training).”
Vacationing on the island for Christmas, Molina was wearing a knee brace and also shared his excitement over the St. Louis Cardinals recent roster additions.
“I think the front office has done a good job getting a first baseman like (Paul) Goldschmidt and a left-handed reliever (Andrew Miller),” said Molina, adding that Francisco Pena appears to be headed back for a second season with the club. “We got (Francisco) Peña, who was last year with me as backup. Tremendous catcher. We are very confident.”
Goldschmidt and Miller are sure to have regular roles but the playing time will likely be more difficult for Pena, who appeared in only 56 games behind the plate last season as Molina again caught more than 1000 innings en route to earning his 9th Rawlings Gold Glove.
Molina has two years left on what was supposed to be his final contract, but he is now leaving the door open for additional seasons after 2020.
“That’s supposed to be the last year, but a lot of things can happen from here to there so let’s wait,” Molina said. “If St. Louis wants no more, I’ll retire. I won’t play with another team.”
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