Thigh contusion keeps Holliday out of Cards' lineup

Thigh contusion keeps Holliday out of Cards' lineup

Thigh contusion keeps Holliday out of Cards' lineup
MILWAUKEE -- Matt Holliday was held out of the Cardinals' starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Brewers with a left thigh contusion he suffered when hit by a pitch on Tuesday.

Holliday was called on to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the Cards' 4-3 loss, striking out against Francisco Rodriguez to see his hit streak snapped at 15 games.

Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf hit Holliday just above the left knee in the first inning. Holliday stayed in the game, slowly making his way to first base before playing the bottom of the first in left field. He did not return for the second, though.

After Tuesday's game, Holliday said he didn't think the injury was serious. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Holliday was sore Wednesday morning, and although he ran through some tests to try and play, it wasn't worth pushing him.

"He's had some days where he's been banged up, and he just keeps going back out there," Matheny said. "When you have a day like today, when he's really fighting to make it happen and not getting a lot of relief, you got to help him out. He deserves that."

Matheny said Holliday, who had played in 88 of the Cardinals' 92 games this season entering Wednesday, would be available as a pinch-hitter if needed.

With the Cardinals offense sputtering, Matheny also said it was a tough time to not have his hottest hitter. The 32-year-old outfielder's 15-game hit streak remained intact Tuesday night because he didn't register an at-bat, and overall, he was batting .317 with 59 RBIs and 14 home runs entering Wednesday.