ST. LOUIS -- Already down one corner outfielder, the Cardinals lost another on Tuesday, as Matt Holliday was forced out of St. Louis' 5-1 win over the Mets due to lower back tightness in the seventh inning. However, it does not appear as if Holliday will be sidelined for a substantial amount of time.
Manager Mike Matheny said he became concerned that Holliday wasn't right while observing Holliday's body language after the outfielder drew a seventh-inning walk.
"Once he got to first base, he was kind of being ginger with it and doing a little extra stretching," Matheny said. "I knew there was something going on there."
Matheny, along with the club's trainer, went out to check on Holliday. Shortly after, all three walked off the field. Adron Chambers replaced Holliday as a pinch-runner.
Holliday, who was not available postgame to describe the injury, will be reevaluated on Wednesday. His status, like that of fellow outfielder Carlos Beltran, is considered day to day. Beltran is dealing with a bothersome left knee bruise.