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Matt Holliday makes early exit due to hamstring tightness

Jul 11, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Matt Holliday, Chris Maloney AP

The Braves weren’t the only first-place team who lost a player due to a hamstring injury tonight. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday made an early exit from tonight’s game against the Cubs due to what is being called right hamstring tightness.

Holliday suffered the injury on a ground out to shortstop in the top of the fourth inning. The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, but the Cardinals could play short-handed for now in hopes that he makes progress over the All-Star break.

Holliday is having a down season for his usual lofty standards, batting .268/.351/.448 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI through 83 games. The Cardinals have the ability to use Allen Craig in left field and Matt Adams at first base if he needs to miss time. Not too bad as far as backup plans go.

  1. rocketsteadman - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Bring up Minor League Guy!

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Minor League Guy is currently resting a high ankle sprain.

    • bronco58lb - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Matt Adams works too.

  2. blues1988 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    i would love that but he’s currently on the dl w/ an ankle injury that he’s been dealing with for a little now. dl, came back for a few weeks, then back on the dl.

  3. spudchukar - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    It is difficult to make this assertion, since Holliday has been a mainstay in the Cards success throughout his tenure in St. Louis, but in my heart of hearts, I believe the Cards have a better line-up with Adams than Holliday.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Adams continues to impress…no doubt.
      But he needs to do so over the course of a season like Holliday has over the course of his career.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      The lineup has a chance to be OK but it depletes the bench, having Adam’s down there was/is such a huge weapon.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        I would agree Falcon. For this year anyway. Cause’ Adams absolutely has to be in the lineup day-in…day-out. The problem…where? I tend to think at some point soon the Cardinals are going to have to do something to create that spot. Could this be Freese’s last year with the club? Cause’ that would open up a spot. Beltran will undoubtedly not be able to keep up his consistent production at some point soon. Good (but tough) problem to have.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        I think Freese will be the odd man out and it could happen a soon as this winter.

        Lot’s of moving parts though, and injury here or there can open doors for prospects to either shine or flop..

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Lotsa Holliday talk on ESPN 101 this morning (Chris Duncan is much better at radio than he was baseball by the way – and he’s not afraid to admit it)

    If Holliday is DL’d, all speculation is focused on calling up Brock Peterson as a RH power bat off the bench.

    Makes sense, dude’s raking at Memphis and fits the needed profile..

    • spudchukar - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      I expected this as soon as I saw Holliday pull up lame. He is the obvious choice.

  5. triaxfusion - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Am i missing something? How does moving Freese open up a spot? Neither Holliday, Beltran, Craig, or Adams play 3rd or 2nd if you are talking about shifting Carpenter. Freese is the only everyday 3b on the roster.

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