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Matt Holliday exits game after being hit in the face by a pitch

St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 11: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three run home run in the sixth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Update (9:32 PM EDT): The Cardinals are saying Holliday suffered a “facial abrasion” and noted that he didn’t suffer any fractures. He’s day-to-day.


Matt Holliday was hit in the face by a 95 MPH Andrew Cashner fastball during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game at Busch Stadium. As ESPN Mark Saxon explains, Holliday tried to stay in the game, but he was ultimately replaced with pinch-runner Mike Leake. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that Holliday had a bloody nose.

I won’t embed it, but you can click here to see the video if you are so inclined.

From what’s been reported, it doesn’t sound like it’s serious for Holliday, but it’s good that the Cardinals played it safe with their veteran outfielder. We should know more about his condition after the game.

Holliday went 0-for-2 prior to getting hit with Cashner’s fastball. He entered Thursday’s action batting .245/.319/.468 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 345 plate appearances.

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