Holliday misses third straight with stomach virus

JUPITER, Fla. -- Left fielder Matt Holliday made a brief appearance at the Cardinals' spring complex Saturday, but he was again not available to play due to a lingering stomach virus. It marked the third straight game Holliday has missed from being sick.

Manager Mike Matheny said Holliday's high fever subsided on Friday before spiking again overnight. Added Matheny: "He's just having trouble kicking this thing."

The layoff won't affect Holliday's ability to get himself conditioned for the start of the regular season, since three weeks of Grapefruit League games remain. In his seven game appearances before becoming ill, Holliday went 3-for-14 with two home runs and four RBIs.

With Holliday temporarily sidelined and Carlos Beltran away for the World Baseball Classic, the Cardinals' reserve outfielders continue to pile up the playing time. Adron Chambers has played in all 14 of the Cards' Spring Training games. Justin Christian entered the day having appeared in 12 games.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.