That’s the clear implication from Charlie Manuel’s comments on Sirius XM’s Home Plate show today:
“Fella did a number on his gam, so he’s gonna cheese it for a few ticks. We’re gonna peep the rumpus when we get to the yard, but I ain’t whistlin’ Dixie when I let on that he’s gonna be coolin’ it. Snap my cap if I could tell ya how long he’ll be off the job, but no foolin: he ain’t hotsy-totsy.”
Oh, sorry, I forgot to turn on the Charlie Manuel-to-modernity translator widget. Try this:
“Rollins, evidently he’s got like what they call a between a 2 and 1
degree calf, kinda, tear. And he’s gonna
miss some time. Actually, when I go to the ballpark – I’m on my way
there right now – we will go over what we’re gonna do with him today. I
mean, he’s definitely going to be out some time. How much, I don’t know
yet, but he’s hurt pretty bad.”
It looks like Wilson Valdez will take Rollins’ place on the 25-man roster.
Yadier Molina has two World Series rings, multiple Gold Gloves, Platinum Gloves, All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger award. He now has an all-time record too.
The record: the most games caught with one team. Last night he caught his 1756th career game with the Cardinals, with ties him with Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, who last caught in 1941 and set the record in 1940, his last season with Chicago. Molina will break the record next time he dons the tools of ignorance, likely tonight against the Phillies.
Given how badly catchers get beaten up — and Molina has taken a beating at times in his career — and given how well mastery of the position leads to a catcher earning journeyman status, as it were, it’s quite a thing to catch that many games for one team.
Given that Molina is under contract with the Cardinals for two more seasons and has stated his desire to retire a Cardinal many times, he’s likely to put that record so far out of reach that it’ll likely take at least another 78 years to break it, if indeed it is ever broken.