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Matt Holliday shut down until next week with inflamed tendon in middle finger

Matt Holliday

St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday adjusts his helmet between pitches while batting in the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Pittsburgh. Holliday grounded into a double play and the Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Matt Holliday has been diagnosed with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger and will be shut down for at least the next 4-5 days, according to Matthew Leach of

Holliday exited yesterday’s game in the ninth inning after feeling pain in his finger following a practice swing and traveled from Pittsburgh to St. Louis to have the injury examined by team doctors.

General manager John Mozeliak told Leach that Holliday won’t be cleared to swing a bat until next week, at which point the Cardinals will evaluate him further and determine if it’s worth trying to get him into games before the end of the season.

Expect to see a lot of Allen Craig in left field for the Cardinals down the stretch.