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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: Matt Holliday exits with illness

By on 9/28/2014 09:45:00 AM

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is a doubt for the crucial season finale today after leaving Saturday's loss early because of an illness. Jenifer Langosch of reports that the left fielder has been suffering from 'flu-like symptoms' for a number of days, which got worse in the sixth inning of Saturday's game and forced his removal. Manager Mike Matheny told Langosch he wasn't sure whether the illness was related to what other St. Louis players have battled, but there was no way they could leave Holliday on the field when it worsened:

"A lot of the same stuff, but even the fever and all that stuff, he's had the last couple days, too," Matheny said. "It just got to the point in the middle of the game that we couldn't keep him in."
With the Cardinals missing their chance to clinch the NL Central in a 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, they remain just one game ahead of the Pirates going into game 162. Peter Bourjos replaced Holliday in the game and played center field, with Jon Jay moving into Holliday's spot in left. Langosch notes that Holliday made an error on a catch in the fifth inning, so if St. Louis has any doubts about the illness still affecting ability to play the field, it seems unlikely he'll play at such a vital time.

Holliday actually has the worst batting average (.272) and OPS (.811) of his career, which gives some indication of just how consistently high-level his performance has been throughout his time in the majors. In 11 seasons in the big leagues, Holliday has 412 doubles, 271 home runs and an excellent 136 OPS+.

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