Rockies starter Aaron Cook is fully recovered from the broken fibula that he suffered last September when National League MVP Joey Votto struck him in the leg with a one-hopper. But it’s already pretty apparent that he is behind the other Colorado pitchers in camp this spring.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Cook is battling a bit of soreness in his right shoulder and will be held out of workouts for the next couple of days. It’s not anything to worry about yet, he’s simply battling through routine inflammation after a winter spent rehabbing his snapped right leg.
“(Trainer Keith Dugger) said it would be best if we just back off for a few days,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday morning. “There was a little something there, so we don’t want to push it.”
The Rockies are hoping for a healthy and effective Cook this season. Last year his sinking fastball failed him and he turned in a rough 5.08 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 23 starts. It was his worst finish since 2003.
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.