Cardinals sluggers Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols have both been scratched from the team’s lineup on Wednesday due to injury.
Pujols is out for a third straight day due to what he characterized as weakness in his lower back. He first felt some discomfort in the area on Saturday. Pujols said the pain has just about vanished from the area, but he’s still working through some weakness. He is hoping to return to the lineup this weekend.
Holliday has what the club is calling “soreness in his right ribcage.” He was in the training room and not available to speak to reporters when the home clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium was open prior to game time on Wednesday afternoon.
Both Pujols and Holliday were originally in the lineup posted on Wednesday morning. At midmorning, Pujols was moved from first base to designated hitter, and later removed. Holliday was a late scratch.
In their stead, David Freese started at designated hitter and in the No. 3 spot in the batting order, and Nick Stavinoha started at left field and cleanup.