Puerto Rico careful not to overwork Molina

Puerto Rico careful not to overwork Molina

MIAMI -- Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina certainly is a talent deserving of some special treatment in the World Baseball Classic.

Throughout the tournament, Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez has figured out ways to best use Molina, without running him out there for too many games in a row.

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