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Update: Matt Holliday placed on 15-day DL

Update: June 9, 2015 2:25 pm PT

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that left-fielder Matt Holliday has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a quadriceps strain he suffered Monday as the Cardinals were routed 11-3 by the Colorado Rockies.

The team has already lost two of their stars to season ending injuries. Ace Adam Wainwright tore his achilles tendon and first baseman Matt Adams tore his quad muscle, an injury very similar to Holliday’s.

Adams’ injury required surgery and he was moved to the 60-day disabled list on June 5. The recovery period is approximately four months meaning there is a slight chance that Adams could return in time for the playoffs.

Holliday’s injury, however, has still only been called a strain by the organization. Conflicting media reports have labled the injury a tear which could be a serious blow to the Cardinals, even though the team has been known to win after the loss  of major stars both this season and in the past.

Holliday, 35, has been having a great year for St. Louis. Despite a slight loss in power likely due to age he was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage and  25 RBI at the time of his injury. 

Most likely to take over in left field for Holliday are Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk. The Cardinals have called up right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis to fill Holliday’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Original Text: June 8, 2015 

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, a six time All-Star and career .308 hitter, is having one of his better seasons in 2015 at the age of 35.

He’s batting .305 and is on pace to hit between 90-100 RBI.  Well he was, until he chased after a high fly ball on Monday in the Cardinals 11-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

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Matt Holliday. Getty Images.

It was the bottom of the second inning, what should have been an easy catch ended up being a bloop double for Carlos Gonzalez. While chasing down the fly ball, Holliday appeared to be running full speed. He took an awkward step as he ran for the ball, hitting the ground hard.

Holliday appeard to be in a great deal of pain. He lay on the ground for several minutes gripping his right leg. He was down long enough that the trainers came out and many of his teammates came from around the field to see if Holliday was alright.

He was not alright. He appeared to be in quite a bit of pain and though he left the field on his own volition, he needed the trainers support to get fully off the field.

Holliday went 0-1 against Cardinals’ starter John Lackey before leaving the game immediately after the injury.

From what little I saw on the video at MLB .com, it did not look like good news for Holliday. He appeared to be in some real pain as he gingerly hobbled off the field.

The team has called it a right quadriceps strain. However, they don’t really know the severity of the injury. Holliday is supposed to be examined on Tuesday after that the team and Holliday will know more, 

“It’s something with the [right] quad,” Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny said. “We don’t know the extent right now. We’ll get it looked at, figure out where we go from there.”

I don’t know all that much about quad strains but I know that hamstring  strains can be very tricky to come back from especially if they are Grade 2 or higher. If quads strains are similar to hamstring strains then the Cardinals may be in a little bit of trouble.

Regardless, the amount of pain Holliday was in appeared to be severe. He will not play Tuesday, obviously but the Cardinals really have no clue how long he will be out. He could come right back or be out for the season at this point, given the small anount of information that has been disclosed to the public.

Jon Jay took over in the game for Holliday and ended up hitting a solo shot later in the game but overall Holliday is the Cardinals better option. Holliday has played in 51 of the Cardinals 58 games and is hitting much better than Jay.

While Jay did hit .303 last season, he is hitting just .228  and just six RBI in 40 games in 2015. It’s a far cry from Holliday’s .305 average and 25 RBI but he may have to do for awhile. 

Check back here on BBST for more on the severity of  Holliday’s injury and how long he’s likely to be out, as soon as the information becomes avaiable. 

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