Holliday forced to exit with flu-like symptoms

Holliday forced to exit with flu-like symptoms

PHOENIX -- Bothered by flu-like symptoms for several days, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was forced to exit Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the D-backs in the sixth inning as his condition worsened in-game. He was replaced in the three-hole by Peter Bourjos, who took over in center while Jon Jay shifted to left.

The Cardinals have been dealing with ill players and staff for the past week, though they had hoped the stomach virus that had affected approximately 15 uniformed personnel had run its course. Holliday was not among those sidelined by that initial virus, and manager Mike Matheny said he was unsure whether this illness was related.

"A lot of the same stuff, but even the fever and all that stuff, he's had the last couple days, too," Matheny said. "It just got to the point in the middle of the game that we couldn't keep him in."

Holliday went 1-for-2 with a walk and muffed a catch in left field. That error came in the fifth, Holliday's final inning in the field. Holliday's availability for Sunday's series finale was unclear following the loss.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.