Molina leaves in sixth with right quad strain, is day to day
UPDATE, 12:44: Molina said he won't know until Tuesday how long he'll be out, whether it will be 1-2 days or could be the rest of the regular season. Manager Joe Maddon said "it's truly a day to day gig,'' but acknowledged it's tougher for a catcher to play with a quad issue because of all the squatting involved.
BREAKING: Rays C Jose Molina, who had been getting regular duty, left Tuesday's game in the sixth inning with a right quad strain.
Molina, who was appearing in his 17th straight game (and starting his 10th in that span), singled in two runs, just his second hit in 28 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position, then was apparenly injured on his way to first base.
Jose Lobaton replaced Molina.
Before the game, manager Joe Maddon said Molina had earned the bulk of the playing time for several reasons.
“He matches up well against a lot of the pitchers we’re seeing,’’ Maddon said. “I like his veteranship behind the plate. I think he’s been calling (pitches) and catching/receiving well. I know there’s a couple issues on a blocked ball now and then but he gets a lot of close pitches called in our favor because he receives the ball so well. And he’s throwing a lot better. So I just like what he’s doing in general. I also believe he’s swinging the bat better.’’
Molina has played in 99 games and made 80 starts, both one shy of career highs with the 2008 Yankees.