JUPITER, Fla | Molina plays for 1st time this spring, Ohtani plays catch

JUPITER, Fla | Molina plays for 1st time this spring, Ohtani plays catch

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the clubhouse after his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina got a fist bump from third baseman Matt Carpenter.

“It’s good to have you back,” said Carpenter, one All-Star to another.

Molina went 1 for 2 as a designated hitter Friday, the 36-year-old’s first game since left knee surgery in mid-December. Molina is likely to be behind the plate on Saturday, catching Adam Wainwright against Houston — about a week ahead of the original projection for him to catch.

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