Adam Wainwright cleared to make his next start

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Adam Wainwright was scratched from his scheduled start Monday with a sore elbow, but the Cardinals ace threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session today and afterward told Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he “felt very good … there were no signs of anything.”

Carlos Martinez moved from the bullpen to the rotation to fill in for Wainwright and tossed four innings Monday, but the Cardinals would prefer to keep him in a late-inning relief role.

Prior to the missed start Wainwright was his usual fantastic self this season, posting a 2.15 ERA and 91/21 K/BB ratio in 100 innings, including seven shutout innings last time out. He’s now slated to pitch Saturday versus the Phillies.

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.