ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals lost both of their starting corner outfielders to injuries during Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Astros.
Left fielder Matt Holliday departed in the third inning with tightness in his left quadriceps. Two innings later, right fielder Lance Berkman was removed due to soreness in his right wrist. Both players will be evaluated further on Thursday.
Berkman made a diving catch to rob Chris Johnson of a hit in the fifth and was slow to get up. He said that he "jammed" his wrist when he went to catch the ball. It's unlikely he will play on Thursday, but Berkman said he believes he will not need a stint on the disabled list. Berkman had an X-ray on his wrist after the game, which came back negative.
"I don't think it's too, too bad," he said. "I think it's sprained. I think it's more than just, 'Oh, it's sore,' but I don't think it's as serious as being out a long time."
Holliday caught a fly ball on the warning track for the game's second out, then grounded out to third in his first plate appearance in the bottom of the second inning. He was removed before taking the field for defense in the third.
"Feels fine now, but I won't know until I run," Holliday wrote in a text message following the game.
Manager Tony La Russa expressed optimism regarding Holliday, but it's still likely that the four-time All-Star will not start Thursday afternoon's game against Houston.
The two outfielders have been the engine of the Cardinals' offense thus far in 2011, combining to be one of baseball's most productive duos. Holliday is batting .357 with a .444 on-base percentage, a .557 slugging percentage, 13 doubles, 30 runs and 28 RBIs. Berkman has a .349/.455/.683 line with 11 homers, 35 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
The Cardinals have been hit hard by injuries, with starting second baseman Skip Schumaker, starting third baseman David Freese, ace pitcher Adam Wainwright, utility infielder Nick Punto and relievers Brian Tallet and Brian Augenstein on the disabled list. Center fielder Colby Rasmus has been bothered by an abdominal strain but could return to the lineup on Thursday.