Hurt Yadier Molina day to day

Updated: August 29, 2012, 12:21 PM ET
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PITTSBURGH -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was removed from Tuesday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates after injuring his back, neck and left shoulder in a collision at home plate with Pittsburgh second baseman Josh Harrison.

Harrison was attempting to score from second base on a single to right field by Jose Tabata in the bottom of the second when he slammed into Molina. Harrison's left shoulder caught Molina high and the four-time All Star catcher fell over backward, holding onto the ball.

Molina remained on the ground for several minutes before slowly getting to his feet and walking to the dugout. He was replaced by Tony Cruz.

The Cardinals say Molina was diagnosed with upper back, left shoulder and neck strain and is day to day.

"There was no way to slide around him," Harrison said after the Pirates' 9-0 win. "I felt my only way was to go through him."

Molina, who complained of a headache afterward, doesn't believe the hit was malicious.

"I never saw the guy coming," Molina said. "I was concentrating on catching the ball. I never saw him coming, but the real pain was in my head. I don't know if he was (targeting) my head or not."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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