Yadier Molina needed emergency surgery to address a traumatic hematoma in his groin after getting struck by a foul tip in a painful place during a May 5 game against the Cubs.
There was no recovery timetable given when he was placed on the disabled list because these situations are rare and obviously quite complicated, but it appears the eight-time Gold Glove Award winner could be ready sometime next month.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Molina participated in a light on-field workout Tuesday and is pushing to ramp things up. “You’re always holding on to the reins with him,” manager Mike Matheny said.
Francisco Pena is currently serving as the Cardinals’ primary catcher, with Steven Baron backing him up. Carson Kelly is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Molina, 35, was batting .272 with a .748 OPS, six home runs, and 17 RBI through 30 games this season.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.