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Matt Holliday makes early exit due to hamstring tightness

Matt Holliday, Chris Maloney

St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday, right, is helped off the field by a member of the medical staff after pulling up short of first base after hitting a ground ball to Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The Braves weren’t the only first-place team who lost a player due to a hamstring injury tonight. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday made an early exit from tonight’s game against the Cubs due to what is being called right hamstring tightness.

Holliday suffered the injury on a ground out to shortstop in the top of the fourth inning. The severity of the issue isn’t yet known, but the Cardinals could play short-handed for now in hopes that he makes progress over the All-Star break.

Holliday is having a down season for his usual lofty standards, batting .268/.351/.448 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI through 83 games. The Cardinals have the ability to use Allen Craig in left field and Matt Adams at first base if he needs to miss time. Not too bad as far as backup plans go.