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Cardinals to place Matt Holliday, Kyle McClellan on DL

Jun 1, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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A pair of big losses for first-place St. Louis.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media Wednesday that both Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan would go on the DL prior to Thursday’s game.

Holliday has been nursing a quad injury for over a week now.  He missed six games before returning to the lineup Monday.  He was able to gut it out then, but he was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup and he’s obviously not playing tonight.

His replacement on the roster wasn’t announced.

McClellan, who has gone 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his first year as a starter, is out with a strained hip flexor.  Taking his spot in the rotation will be Lance Lynn.  He’s slated to pitch tomorrow, giving both Jaime Garcia and Kyle Lohse an extra day before their next starts.

Lynn, a 2008 supplemental first-round pick, lost the competition for a rotation spot with McClellan this spring.  He was 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA and a 54/21 K/BB ratio for Triple-A Memphis, and he gave up just one homer in 62 innings.  He’ll be making his major league debut.

Allen Craig and Jon Jay will share time in left field while Holliday is out for the next couple of weeks.  It’s likely that either Mark Hamilton or Adron Chambers will replace him on the roster.

  1. thefalcon123 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Jay and Craig combined so far for 2010:

    AB: 209
    Runs: 28
    Hits: 71
    2B: 13
    3B: 0
    HR: 8
    RBI: 35
    BA: .340
    OBP: .397
    SA: .517
    SB: 8

    I think the Cardinals are the only team in baseball at the moment who won’t be suffering terribly from the loss of a Matt Holliday caliber player.

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