Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left his team’s Tuesday night game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after he was involved in a brutal collision at home plate with Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison.
The impact came in the second inning when, with the Pirates leading 1-0, Harrison tried to score from second on a two-out single off the bat of Jose Tabata.
On the play, Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran made a great throw to home plate, which was caught by Molina with Harrison lowering himself for the collision.
With his left elbow up, Harrison rammed Molina in the head and onto the ground. Molina, a four-time All-star, managed to hold on to the ball, and Harrison was called out.
Following the collision, Harrison popped up and jogged back to the Pittsburgh dugout. Molina, on the other hand, stayed down in obvious pain as the St. Louis training staff moved in.
“He wasn’t thinking very well. He was just stunned,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “That was basically what happens with those. You don’t know exactly what’s going on. You could tell right away that his neck was bothering him. He took a shoulder straight to the head. There was a lot of things that could go wrong there.”
After the game, Molina confirmed that he did not suffer a concussion but was sore with back, neck, and shoulder pain. He is being listed by the Cardinals as “day to day.”
Watch the brutal collision between Yadier Molina and Josh Harrison in the video below: