While there has been no official word from Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals are not anticipating any suspension for Yadier Molina stemming from yesterday’s incident with Arizona manager Torey Lovullo.
“I have not heard anything,” said General Manager Michael Girsch before today’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if someone says something to us, but I don’t expect there to be a suspension or anything.”
Arizona was upset with umpire Tim Timmon’s strike zone and Lovullo was ejected for arguing–during his exchange with Timmons, he referenced Molina with profanity which set off the altercation.
“I think anytime someone says something like that about you, a normal person reacts on some level,” said Girsch. “There probably could’ve been an intermediate reaction that might have kept things calmer, but I don’t blame Yadi for getting involved.”
According to Major League Baseball Rule 6.04 on “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”, No manager, player, substitute, coach, trainer or batboy shall at any time, whether from the bench, the coach’s box or on the playing field, or elsewhere: (4) Make intentional contact with the umpire in any manner
The penalty for such an infraction is ejection. Molina did make contact with the umpire, but postgame, Timmons stated he believed any contact from Molina was accidental.
“Not for us to decide, right?” said Girsch. “But the fact that the umpire chose not to kick Yadi out of the game suggests that the umpire did not feel as though Yadi had crossed any line or broken any boundary or anything else, so I assume that MLB will interpret it the same way, but we’ll see.”
–On rehab assignment, reliever Luke Gregerson (hamstring) is scheduled to make his third appearance with Palm Beach tonight.
“We’re getting close,” said Girsch. “We’ll probably try to get him back-to-back and see how that goes. Maybe a week to 10 days, in that range.”
Infielder Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) could be ready in a similar time period.
“He’s probably a few days from really getting after it,” said Girsch. “In baseball activities, he’s sort of easing his way back into it and from there we’ll see how it goes. Same general time frame, 10 days or so.”
Whether or not it’s a formal rehab assignment, it’s likely that Gyorko will head down to Jupiter before he rejoins the active roster.
“We’re going on the road and the weather is not exactly conducive to rehabbing a hamstring injury, so it’s entirely possible we send him to Florida,” said Girsch.
While a walking boot is tending to some tendinitis in his right foot, Brett Cecil is still progressing on the bigger issue of a left shoulder strain.
“He’s a little behind the other guys,” said Girsch. “He’s likely going on a rehab assignment but that won’t start for a while and then he’ll take a little time, so we’re talking still a couple of weeks.”
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