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Team leaders have said that they need to look and act and practice differently than other clubs because they’ve had an outbreak, and they’ve brought increased attention to themselves.

Molina indicated that attention is one of the reasons why he wanted to share the original message he did, complete with its colorful, blunt verb.

“My message under the picture was to show the world that we can beat this thing!” he wrote on Instagram. “I know this won’t make everyone understand, but I hope it clears up some concerns people have. ‘(Expletive) COVID.’ Not because I don’t care about the protocols, but because this won’t beat us!”

Carlos Martinez aims to start, even if return takes longer

Carlos Martinez, back from a bout with COVID-19 that left him worried enough to visit the emergency room at one point, faced hitters during a live batting practice session Monday, and then affirmed his wishes to remain a starter.

Even if it means it will take him longer to return.

Even if there are few, if any starts, for him when he does.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said that Martinez and the team remain in conversation about the role he’ll have with the team, and that the righthander has been told that it will be difficult for him to return as a starter without a lengthier time building his arm strength. That could take several weeks, Shildt said.

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