Holliday's back tightness flares up in Chicago

Holliday's back tightness flares up in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Matt Holliday's late-inning exit in each of the Cardinals' last two games was due to back tightness, the club divulged after Sunday's 6-3 win over the Cubs.

Holliday said his back has bothered him throughout the series, surmising that the issue could have been brought on by the lack of firmness of the beds at the team's Chicago hotel.

The left fielder received extensive treatment on his back before Sunday's game, but did make the start. He reached twice in four plate appearances before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth. A day earlier, Holliday was replaced by a pinch-runner in the ninth inning of a tie game.

Holliday was bothered by back tightness earlier this season. That, though, was concentrated on the left side. This, Holliday explained after Sunday's game, is more on his right. He said the tightness is most bothersome when he runs.

Holliday has started 144 of the team's 153 games.