Yadier Molina injury: Cardinals catcher leaves game after home-plate collision
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left his team’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after the second inning after he was involved in a collision with third baseman Josh Harrison at home plate.
MLB.com has the video:
Harrison was trying to score from second on a single to right by Jose Tabata. Molina took a shoulder to the head from Harrison but held onto the ball for the final out of the inning. An athletic trainer, coaches and teammates converged at home plate to tend to Molina, who was helped off the field. He was replaced by Tony Cruz when St. Louis took the field in the third.
ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that it did not seem like a dirty play by Harrison:
Views of Harrison/Molina collision? Looked pretty clean on replay.—
Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 28, 2012
Here’s the official word on Molina’s condition, from Will Graves of the Associated Press:
Yadier Molina diagnosed with upper back, left shoulder and neck strain after collision with Harrison. Day to Day.—
Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) August 29, 2012