By Matt Snyder
The Cardinals' uphill battle to tracking down the Braves in the NL Wild Card race just got a bit more steep. All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday may be done for the season after hurting himself Tuesday night ... in the on-deck circle. He was reportedly taking some warm-up swings and just couldn't grip the bat any longer.
Holliday has inflammation in his right hand tendon. He will be shut down for four to five days and then re-evaluated (Fox Sports Midwest).
Considering the last day of the regular season is exactly two weeks away and the Cardinals are trailing the Braves by 4 1/2 games, this injury has devastating potential to the Cardinals. Even if Holliday recovers quickly he'll only have a few days left to get back in the lineup. Allen Craig and Corey Patterson should see most of the time in left with Holliday down, but expect manager Tony La Russa to use several guys, as we know how he loves to push those buttons.
Holliday, 31, is a five-time All-Star who is hitting .295/.388/.528 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI, 82 runs. He's already missed time this season after an appendectomy, a side injury he suffered in the weight room and a quad injury. Oh, and he had to leave a game when a moth flew into his ear. Considering the awful luck he's had this year with freak injuries, maybe he should just pack it up and start fresh next season.
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