Holliday downplays back ailment
Matt Holliday was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup, with Jon Jay moving into the starting nine, but Holliday downplayed the severity of the back discomfort he’s feeling. The Cardinals’ star outfielder “tweaked” a muscle in the area of his left lower back while preparing to lift weights prior to Wednesday’s game against the Brewers.
“I don’t know much,” Holliday wrote in a text message shortly before the game. “Just tweaked a muscle on my left side, low-back/glute. Shouldn’t be more than a day or two.”
Corey Patterson got the start in right field instead of center, where he was originally slated to play, with Allen Craig moving from right field to left. Jay was added to the lineup in center field.
A club source said of the decision to sit Holliday, “We’re just being kind of safe.”