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02/18/10 7:06 PM EST
More rest OK with Molina in 2010
Giants' workhorse catcher will abide by Bochy's decisions
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bengie Molina affirmed that he'll accept his fate this season if manager Bruce Bochy rests him more frequently. To say that Molina likes to be on the diamond is an understatement. He started 125 games upon joining the Giants in 2007, 132 in 2008 and 120 last year. But many observers believed that the physical erosion took its toll on Molina, 35. Bochy has said that he hopes to maintain Molina's strength by giving him more days off early in the season. Molina insisted that he'll remain obedient. "I've never been opposed to what Bochy says. Never," Molina said before Thursday's opening workout for Giants pitchers and catchers. "Whatever he wants to do, I'll take it as positive as I can and move forward." Molina intends to take a similar approach to his spot in the batting order. Miscast by his own admission as San Francisco's cleanup hitter in 2008-09, Molina probably will float among the fifth, sixth and seventh spots this year, though he could occasionally return to the fourth position against certain left-handers. "Wherever they want me to hit, I'll do it," he said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.