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The St. Louis Cardinals may soon be listing Matt Holliday along with the ever-increasing list of players to be hit with a hamstring issue this season. Holliday had to be removed from last night's game when his hamstring tightened up on him. This does not mean he has a strain, but it is a sign.
#Cardinals OF Matt Holliday left game with what's been called "right hamstring tightness." #stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 12, 2013
As Derrick Goold of the St. Louis dispatch subtly pointed out with his use of quotations, teams often use euphemisms in their initial injury descriptions. This is generally in an effort to avoid panic among the fans while they try to find a way to keep the player on the field. That may or may not be the case for Holliday, but if "tightness" is a euphemism for strain, expect Holliday to land on the DL shortly.
Holliday was injured in the fourth inning while trying to leg out a ground ball. He was in obvious pain, although the club is still calling the issue "tightness." Holliday said after the game he would be day-to-day, but an MRI will be the likely next step.
The Cardinals are in first place in the National League Central with a one game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates. If they lose Holliday for any extended period, it would be a big blow to the team as they try to hold off the third best club in baseball. The Pirates have a winning percentage of .600 this season. Only the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are better.
Holliday is hitting .269/.353/.451 with 13 home runs. While he is not having an All-Star caliber season, he is certainly contributing offensively. Overall in his career, Holliday is a .310/.385/.531 hitter.
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