The Cardinals will shut Matt Holliday down for the remainder of their current road trip after learning that the outfielder has inflammation of a tendon in his right middle finger.
Holliday returned to St. Louis on Wednesday to have his injured right hand examined, and the club learned the results of the evaluation late Wednesday afternoon. Holliday was removed from Tuesday’s win over the Pirates in the ninth inning after he felt pain in the hand while taking a practice swing.
“He will need four or five days of no gripping and will be re-evaluated early next week,” general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday afternoon.
“Obviously the fact that he’s having to be shut down is a concern. So in terms of me trying to gauge where it is next week, I don’t think I want to do that. We’re hopeful he can still play again this year, but that will be determined next week.”
Allen Craig started in place of Holliday on Wednesday and is likely to get the bulk of the starts in left field for however long Holliday is out. The Cardinals do not intend to make a roster move for additional outfield depth in Holliday’s absence.