Holliday removed from lineup with tightness in side

Holliday removed from lineup with tightness in side

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wanted to take no chances when Matt Holliday approached him shortly before Tuesday's game to let him know that he felt some tightness in his left side. He pulled Holliday from the lineup, replacing the left fielder with Oscar Taveras.

Afterward, though, both Holliday and Matheny minimized the issue, noting that the late lineup shakeup was purely precautionary and little reason for long-term concern. That's certainly a bit of good news for a Cardinals club that has been stung with a growing list of injuries in recent days.

"Everything is fine," said Holliday, before leaving the clubhouse. "They just [didn't] want me to play."

"He got plenty loose and his batting practice was probably as impressive as any I've ever seen," added Matheny. "He was launching balls all over the plate. He knows that I don't like to push him when he feels something. I'm real proud of the fact that he was honest with me. I'm not concerned."

There's a chance, Matheny said, that Holliday could be back on the field as early as Wednesday. Holliday is 10-for-39 this spring with five extra-base hits and five RBIs.

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.