It was a scary sight in Colorado as St. Louis Cardinal Matt Holliday went down writhing in pain after chasing down a fly ball. Initially it looked like a knee injury of the worst kind, but the Cardinals staff were quick to point out the issue was with his quad. After undergoing a number of tests, the latest out of St. Louis is that the 11 year veteran has a grade-2 quad strain. On Tuesday the St. Louis Cardinals placed him on the 15-Day disabled list.
This marks the first time in two years Holliday has gone on the DL. The 35-year-old has been the definition of durable in recent years. Over the past five years he has averaged 147 games per season. In a corresponding move the Cardinals have recalled RHP Miguel Socolovich from Memphis (AAA.)
Many around the league feel that the 15-day DL stint is extremely optimistic. We’ll know more in the following days. The Cardinals were already dealt a blow when first basemen Matt Adams underwent surgery to repair a quad injury of his own. Adams is not the slimmest guy on the field, and his injury could actually be season ending.
Holliday is extremely important to this Cardinals team. He is still one of the most productive outfielders in the game, and has been for some time now. This season Holliday was slashing .303/.417/.421 with 26 RBIs in 52 games played. Jon Jay figures to get a lot of playing time with Holliday out, but it will be hard to replace the 20 HRs and 90+ RBIs Cardinal fans have grown accustomed to seeing from their 4-time Silver Slugger winner out in left field.
The injury to Holliday could not come at a worse time either with the Cubs and Pirates playing their best baseball of the year. While nobody likes to see an injury, this latest hurdle for the Cardinals could make for a very interesting N.L Central.