Molina enjoys return to Toronto

Molina enjoys return to Toronto

Molina enjoys return to Toronto
TORONTO -- Jose Molina returned to Rogers Centre on Tuesday, but this time he was in the visitor's clubhouse. The past two seasons, he was the backup catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays -- where he helped with a developing young pitching staff.

"It's great to be back here in Toronto, but in a different way, as a visitor this time," Molina said before Tuesday's game against his former team. "I enjoyed it here, but you've just got to move on."

Molina signed as a free agent with the Rays, his third American League East team. The 36-year-old spent part of the 2007 season and all of '08 and '09 with the Yankees. The Rays have a good, young pitching staff that they have developed from their system. The Blue Jays are trying to do the same.

"They have a great young pitching staff here," Molina said. "I enjoy it a lot, and hopefully I can help them, too."

But he was hesitant to make comparisons, yet, because Toronto hasn't had the recent success of Tampa Bay.

"There could be a comparison later on," Molina said. "I don't know if you can compare them, right now. Toronto hasn't been in the playoffs in I don't know how long [1993 when they won their second World Series in a row], but they're on the right track."

If the Blue Jays do develop into contenders this season, they will have to deal with the Rays.

"We're going to have a great chance," Molina said, "if we keep playing the way we are. We know we can pitch, we can catch the ball, we're going to be there. It's a just a matter of time. We'll see in September."