Yadier Molina furious over Jake Marisnick running into Jonathan Lucroy
Yadier Molina stood up for his fellow catcher Jonathan Lucroy in a comment he made on Instagram Sunday night.
Lucroy was nailed by Jake Marisnick during the bottom of the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-10 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday as Marisnick was trying to score. The Astros outfielder ended up hitting Lucroy in the head as he dived towards home plate.
Molina, who has caught for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2004, posted a photo of the collision on Instagram. Then he shared his thoughts in the caption (edited for profanity).
“Bulls—!!!” he said, adding two angry face emojis. “MLB need to take action on this Bulls—t play! F—! Praying for Lucroy! slide slide slide f—– !!! F— u if u think this is Ok .. f— u!!!!”
Molina clearly has strong thoughts on the matter. Those words were much stronger than what Angels manager Brad Ausmus had to say, and Ausmus said Marisnick should be suspended.
The Astros outfielder did defend himself, saying on Twitter he never intended to hurt Lucroy and that he only went that direction because he thought the play was going the other direction.
Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20
— Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) July 8, 2019
MLB will likely take a look at the play and evaluate it for potential discipline.