Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier
Molina left Tuesday's game following a home-plate collision with Pirates
second baseman Josh Harrison in the second inning.
Harrison was trying to score from second on Jose Tabata's base hit to right
field. Carlos Beltran made a perfect throw to the plate, and Molina caught it
on a hop while turning towards a hard-charging Harrison.
Harrison, listed at 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, lowered his left shoulder and struck
Molina in the helmet as both fell to the ground. Molina held on for the final
out, but the All-Star backstop struggled making it to his feet.
After several moments on the ground, trainers helped an obviously-dazed Molina
off the field. He was seen in the dugout during St. Louis' turn at the plate,
but was replaced by Tony Cruz in the next half-inning.
Molina came into Tuesday's came fourth in the National League in hitting
(.324) while providing 17 home runs and 62 RBI.
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