ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina wants to set the record straight…he’s not tired.
On Friday, Molina shared a screenshot of an article on his Instagram account. The screenshot shows a quote from Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny saying, “Yadi’s caught a lot. Yesterday, just kind of watching him go around the bases, too, you could tell that he’s, you know…”
Matheny didn’t finish that sentence but seemed to imply that Molina needed a rest, and he started Carson Kelly at catcher Thursday night.
Molina disagreed, writing on Instagram, “I train to play 174 games because that’s what it takes to be a Champion, I’m not tired and the day I feel tired I’ll express it myself. #misinforming”
Molina spoke with media Friday afternoon about his Instagram post and the comments Matheny made about him.
Molina reiterated what he said on Instagram, saying “That’s not true. I’m not tired, I’m ready to go.”
“I love Mike, I always respect him,” Molina continued. “I’m going to try and do my best to win every time he puts me in the lineup. It’s not going to take my game away from me … I’m not tired, I’m ready to go. I’m not tired.”
Molina was asked if he was told what the plan would be with bringing Kelly up.
“Let me clear something, I’ve got no problem with Carson here,” Molina explained. “I’m going to help him out the way I can. The problem is, my comment is what I saw in the paper [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] today. Don’t start anything with Carson.”
Molina was also asked if he was worried that calling Matheny out on Instagram could have a negative effect on the clubhouse.
“The same way he called me out in the paper,” Molina replied. “I feel like I didn’t say anything bad to him [Matheny]. I told him the way I feel, defended myself. I train so hard to play many games in a year – that’s the only thing I said.”
Matheny later responded: “‘Tired’ never came out of my mouth. Somehow, I think it was interpreted, and someone said it was insinuated – I think it needs to be kept to what was said.”
“There’s days when something just doesn’t look right, and I’ll talk to him, and we kind of get through it one way or the other. This is not the first time where he didn’t agree with me. And that’s my job, is to figure out days when we have to get somebody a day, whether they like it or not.”