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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.