St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina struck out in his first three at-bats in a rehab assignment with the Springfield Cardinals, but the nine-time All Star was still encouraged by his performance.
“[The thumb feels] really good,” Molina told reporters after the game. “It’s improving. I don’t feel no pain so that’s a good thing.”
Molina was more impressed with the fans who gave him rousing ovations every time he stepped to the plate.
“Every time they would cheer for me even if I strike out three times,” Molina said. “It’s just a great honor to be here.”
Molina laughed when a reporter asked if fans were that nice in St. Louis and said fans were great in both cities.
Molina shows a veteran’s wisdom when asked about how much he would like to be back with the parent club in St. Louis.
“I can’t wait but at the same time I need to get the thumb right,” Molina said. “I need to get into baseball shape. Right now I’m in pretty good shape, I’m at a good weight, so hopefully soon I can go back and help the team win.”
Molina talked about his tradition during rehab assignments of treating the team to lobster or steak dinners.
“I remember when I was in the minor leagues, how tough it was,” Molina said. “I’m just trying to help these guys eat the right food.”
Molina said he will be in Springfield through Sunday.