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Cardinals have plan to reduce Yadier Molina’s workload

Feb 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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No catcher logs more time behind the plate than Yadier Molina, but the Cardinals are taking steps to cut back his workload this season.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Molina won’t be in the lineup for Friday’s spring training opener and the team’s plan is to play him sparingly early in the exhibition season.

We’ll see what happens once the games actually mean something–Goold notes that Molina got a grand total of one day off in the Cardinals’ first 38 games last season–but Molina is one of the most important players in baseball and he’s signed through 2017, so generally speaking keeping him from wearing down physically seems like an excellent idea now that he’s on the wrong side of 30.

  1. stex52 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    It may be a very good idea, but I predict that they will have a hard time not putting him in games.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It seems like the question ought to be how many DAYS off the players gets, not how many GAMES off. Teams often have many off days in April, so I would think the goal would be to limit the consecutive days that a player has to play.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Fantasy baseball alert!

  3. bostonboresme - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    So he’s going to first? Fatt Adams better step it up.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Yeah…good luck with that Mike. The dude will not sit. So unless you are giving him some time at 1st…it isn’t happening.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Agreed. It’s like trying to get Miggy to sit out. Some guys just can’t not play.

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Yep…and it isn’t a coincidence they always seem to be the most important players on the team as well!

      • stex52 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        As good as the Cards are, they are not the same without Yadi out there.

  5. paperlions - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Jeez, did anyone read the article?

    The plan is for him to catch less during spring training so that his total work load over the year is less, not to have him catch fewer meaningful games, but to have him catch fewer meaningless games.

    • stex52 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      I got that part, but the first paragraph also referred to “cutting his workload this season.” It also referred to the fact that he got only one day in his firs t38 last season. Spring training isn’t that long. To make a real difference come August he will need more breaks.

      • paperlions - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        No, the actual article with real quotes and such. There are zero references to him playing fewer real games and repeated references to him being less active in Spring Training so that the total wear over the coarse of the year is reduced.

        From the actual article:

        The Cardinals intend to begin a plan to reduce the workload on catcher Yadier Molina by having his Grapefruit League debut pushed back later than other veterans.

        When the Cardinals open exhibition play Friday against Miami, Molina won’t be in the lineup and it could be several games before he gets his first start, manager Mike Matheny announced Monday before the team’s work. The intention is to get Molina a break now, during spring training, to help lighten the wear before the regular-season even comes into view.

        “We’ll probably go a little slow getting him started,” Matheny said. “We’ve got a long way to go and he looks good. When we start talking about trying to conserve we could do that from the start, do that at the beginning.”

      • stex52 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Okay, so you caught me only reading the Cliff notes.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Sorry we didn’t read the article the right way.

      Kozma! was on the news tonight. It was sad. He really wants to play. He has such nice hair. Cut him some slack, will ya?

      • paperlions - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Hey, it it was up to me, I’d prefer him on the roster to Descalso….at least Pete can play solid defense at SS (and probably at other positions), and, of course, at times he has a fantastic mullet/beard combo.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Awww, the curls.

  6. missingdiz - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Last year Yadi played in the WBC. Just not doing that this year should help some.

  7. mpzz - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    I see the Giants are restricting Posey in spring training as well. The problem with that is will it hurt these two fine players in preparing for the season? Isn’t the point of spring training to get back in the groove of playing your position and hitting the ball?

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