"We'll go day to day, but he's definitely better today than he was [Thursday night], which is a good sign," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "They gave him just a clinical evaluation with our trainers and they were all very pleased with the progression.
"Obviously there's something going on there. I mean, he's tough as nails. You see him come up like that before he gets to the base, you know something's going on -- but I think he was able to shut it down in time, before it got to the point where you'd have to go get a picture [MRI]."
Allen Craig hit fourth and replaced Holliday in left field on Friday, while Carlos Beltran hit in the third spot of the order -- where Holliday usually hits.
Jon Jay took Beltran's normal spot in the second slot and Matt Adams -- who replaced Holliday on Thursday night -- got the start at first base. As for Holliday, the Cardinals might catch a break in terms of timing. The All-Star break is looming at the start of next week and the extra rest provided for him might be enough to keep away from a DL stint.
Matheny also didn't rule out a return in this series, but that would come as a surprise.
"It could be good for all of our guys who have nicks and bruises, let alone something that is standing out like this," Matheny said. "The break can always be a good time to get yourself mended up."
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.