Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

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Even if it’s only hanging by a thread.
Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season.
“It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So it’s not over yet.”
Edmonds has been dealing with pain in the area for more than four months now, and while the prudent thing for any athlete in his situation to do would be to shut it down, he intends to keep doing what he can, in part since he’s planning to retire at season’s end anyway.
Manager Dusty Baker gave no indication Wednesday of when he might try to work Edmonds back in. It might be that the 40-year-old first baseman-outfielder will be limited to pinch-hitting duties for now. Edmonds has started just two games since coming off the DL last week, but he’s 4-for-7 with two homers. Overall, he’s batting .276/.342/.504 in 246 at-bats this season.

Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras on Instagram

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On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”

Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.

Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.

Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.