The Cardinals are getting used to this.
Just a couple of days after spring training began, co-No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright was lost for the season because of elbow problems that required Tommy John surgery. Now, just one day after the regular season started, they've lost outfielder Matt Holliday for an indefinite period.
Holliday underwent an appendectomy Friday, and he figures to be out at least a week or two. It's another big loss -- Holliday went 3-for-4 with a home run in the 5-3 loss to San Diego in the season opener Thursday.
Holliday went home with pain in his side after Thursday's game. On Friday, it was determined that it was an appendicitis attack.
The team was expected to decide Saturday or Sunday whether the outfielder would be placed on the 15-day disabled list, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
--The Cardinals did some good things Thursday. But they did enough that wasn't good enough, and they gave away a game they should have won, falling to the Padres 5-3 in 11 innings.
Shortstop Ryan Theriot, making his Cardinals debut, fumbled a bouncing throw from right fielder Jon Jay in the 11th inning and then threw high to the plate as one San Diego run scored and another was set up.
Three-time Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols, a .472 hitter for 10 previous Opening Days, rapped into three double plays and fouled out with a runner at third and one out. He ripped one ball particularly hard, but it was caught at the warning track in the eighth inning.
Left fielder Matt Holliday had three hits, including a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning. But Holliday got caught off second in the sixth when a baserunning gambit went awry and the Padres tricked the Cardinals with right-hander Tim Stauffer making an inside move to second.
Also, Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker had the ball knocked out of his glove on a steal attempt by Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning, setting up a San Diego run.
Still, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin, though hit hard by the first two batters in the San Diego ninth, was one out away from the save when Cameron Maybin swatted a 417-foot, game-tying homer to center.
Bryan Augenstein, the sixth Cardinals pitcher, suffered the loss in his Cardinals debut, giving up both runs in the 11th. Jason Motte and Mitchell Boggs, both important parts of the Cardinals' bullpen last year, didn't get into the game.
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