St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday exited Thursday’s
contest against the Chicago Cubs with an injured right hamstring. The slugger
has been out of the team’s lineup since, but the Cardinals are holding out hope
that he’ll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, according to Brian Hedger of MLB.com.
Holliday suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Thursday’s
game. He grabbed at his hamstring while running out a ground ball, and after getting
thrown out he went straight to the trainer’s room. As of Friday night Holliday
hadn’t undergone an MRI, as manager Mike Matheny told reporters that the team
was taking the injury one day at a time.
"We'll go day to day, but he's definitely better today
than he was [Thursday night], which is a good sign," Cardinals manager
Mike Matheny said. "They gave him just a clinical evaluation with our
trainers and they were all very pleased with the progression. Obviously there's
something going on there. I mean, he's tough as nails. You see him come up like
that before he gets to the base, you know something's going on -- but I think
he was able to shut it down in time, before it got to the point where you'd have
to go get a picture [MRI]."
St. Louis knows that Holliday will get the next few days off
with the All-Star break, but it remains to be determined if he’ll need longer
than that to recover from his hamstring injury. If the Cardinals aren’t happy
with Holliday’s improvement, they’ll likely have him undergo an MRI to help diagnose
the extent of the damage. Hamstrings can linger if not properly treated, so
Holliday would do well to not rush back from the injury in order to avoid an
even more extended stint on the shelf.
Holliday’s not putting up the same totals the Cardinals have
become accustomed to, but he was improving at the plate prior to his injury.
Over his last six games, Holliday collected six hits – including three doubles
and two home runs – with six RBI and two walks. On the season, the 33-year-old
has hit .268/.351/.448 with 15 doubles and 13 home runs.
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