Sore quad makes Holliday a late scratch

Sore quad makes Holliday a late scratch

ST. LOUIS -- Left fielder Matt Holliday was scratched from the starting lineup 25 minutes before the Cardinals' game against San Francisco on Tuesday with discomfort in his left quadriceps.

Holliday pinch-hit in the fifth inning Tuesday, striking out on three pitches. He is batting .342 with six homers and 31 RBIs. After the game, manager Tony La Russa was unsure of Holliday's status moving forward.

"I hope that the answer is he feels like he did before he started playing again because the idea was to make sure it was all gone," La Russa said.

Holliday first experienced tightness in the muscle May 18. On Monday, he made his first start in left field since that game.

"We need to get him healthy because he gives us a lot," La Russa said. "We've just got to get him well, whatever it takes."