Yadier Molina says clean hit, he’ll be back in a day or two


Taking about the collision that knocking him out of Tuesday’s game, Yadier Molina called Josh Harrison’s hit a “clean play,” according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.

“Clean play,” Molina said. “Clean play. That’s part of baseball. He did what he had to do and I did what I had to do. It sucks because you don’t want anybody to get hurt. This time it was me to get hurt. But it was a clean play.”

Molina passed another round of tests today to rule out a concussion. He still has neck soreness from the hit, but he hopes to be ready to play within the next couple of days. Tony Cruz is starting in his place tonight.

There hasn’t been any word yet from MLB on a suspension for Jake Westbrook, who plunked Harrison three innings after the collision. The league tends to police these things pretty randomly, but given that Westbrook’s throw was obviously intentional, the traditional five- or six-game ban is warranted.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.