Molina mad about WBC security

United States’ Buster Posey (28) rounds third base after hitting a solo home run as third base coach Willie Randolph prepares to congratulate Posey in the seventh inning in a first-round game of the World Baseball Classic against Canada, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Miami. The United States won 8-0. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

In the hours after Puerto Rico’s win late Saturday night in Mexico, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took to social media to express his anger about the security given his and other players’ families in the stands.


During Puerto Rico’s 9-4 victory against Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, a fight appeared to break out in the stands. It was near the family section, reporters at the scene described, and it momentarily brought players from the Puerto Rico dugout onto the field to watch. Molina was one of the players who was irate after the game about the situation his family was in.

He elaborated, publicly, on Instagram. He wrote:

“MLB … its a shame that you are more interested in making money and not in the security of our family. Its a shame that the players have to be worried about the safety of our family when you were supposed to have security for them. … Horrible organization for this event, no security for the players family”.

Perez’s knee has no structural damage

There was some good news in Royals camp regarding catcher Salvador Perez.

One day after he left Team Venezuela’s game in the WBC because of a left knee injury, manager Ned Yost said he didn’t believe there was any structural damage to the knee.

In a news release Saturday night, Team Venezuela said Perez had an MRI done and the results showed only inflammation in the knee.

“He’s going to be OK, we think,” Yost said. “He’ll be all right.”

Indians’ Kipnis likely will miss start of season

Once again, the Cleveland Indians are minus a significant piece.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis is likely to miss Opening Day because of a sore right shoulder, an injury that could cause the AL champions to reshape their infield for the start of this season.

Kipnis has been slowed by inflammation in his shoulder throughout training camp, and the Indians are going to shut him down for two weeks to see how it responds.

Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis will “probably not” be ready when the Indians open the season on April 3 at Texas.

Kipnis received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Feb. 25.

Phillies acquire switch-pitcher

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Joey Curletta.

Venditte, 31, had pitched three times in spring training for Seattle this year and twice for Italy in the WBC.

Venditte was 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 games for Toronto and the Mariners last year. Able to throw with both arms, he’s 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 41 games in the majors.

Reds’ DeSclafani might miss start of season

Top Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani could miss the start of the season for a second consecutive year because of a sore pitching elbow.

The right-hander has been sidelined during spring training because of the elbow. He was expected to make his first appearance today, but he was sore after throwing a bullpen session. He was sent back to Cincinnati for an MRI and further examination.

Yankees’ Sabathia says he’s feeling good

CC Sabathia found a big positive during a rocky spring training outing — no issues with his troublesome right knee. The Yankees lefty lasted only two-thirds of an inning Sunday, allowing six runs and six hits in a 10-2 loss to Atlanta.

“The body feels good,” Sabathia said. “I was letting some [pitches] go, and I had no problems. As far as the knee, you want to get that out of the way. Make sure you can push off as hard as you can, land and be good. I wanted to accomplish that in the game and I did.”