Although St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has played 79 of their first 85 games, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the stats.
The All-Star catcher has a beyond impressive .344 average through the season’s first half, remarkable given the stresses on the body catching does on a daily basis.
Knowing that, former MLB catcher and current St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny along with general manager John Mozeliak said they plan to give Yadier some more rest in the second half of the season:
Molina was diagnosed with right knee inflammation Saturday, the same day an MRI exam confirmed that the backstop had no structural damage in his previously structurally-repaired knee. With inflammation the only issue, the Cardinals will continue to guard against recurring discomfort by giving Molina more days off.
Before he sat over the weekend, Molina started 79 of the team’s first 85 games.
“I think we just have to be smart,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “He wants in the lineup, and that’s great, but we have to make sure that we give him some rest from time to time.”