Yadier Molina Accidentally Hits Norichika Aoki in Head on Throw Back to Pitcher

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, checks on Kansas City Royals Norichika Aoki (23) after hitting him in the helmet with a return throw to the pitcher during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2017

The St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina is widely viewed as the best defensive catcher in the majors, but even he makes a mistake from time to time. Just ask Kansas City Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki.

After the second pitch in the bottom of the first inning of Thursday night's game, Molina attempted to throw the ball back to pitcher Michael Wacha. Things didn't go as planned.

Trainers came out to check on Aoki, but he would shake it off and stay in the game. He ended up grounding out to shortstop in the at-bat.


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