Catchers are treated differently. Rodriguez pointed out that Molina got himself in game shape early by playing some winter ball for a few weeks in Puerto Rico.
"So he prepared himself for that," the manager said.
In Round 1, Molina caught a couple of games in a row to build up. The St. Louis star also was told he didn't have to show up to Thursday's workout.
"We have to be very careful," Rodriguez said. "As a manager, if I see something that I don't like, if he's a little bit tired, or his arm is sore of something, I will pull him out of the game."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter