The recurring issue is something Holliday has dealt with throughout his career. Its reemergence has been poor timing for the Cardinals, who could use Holliday's hot bat -- he was 13-for-26 with seven RBIs and a home run on the Cardinals' last road trip -- as they fight to fend off the Reds and Pirates in the National League Central race.
"I just think it tightens up every once in a while," Matheny said. "I think people with bad backs understand it just happens. It comes and goes. Hopefully, one more day, maybe tomorrow and the off-day. We'll see. [We] just have to follow along, see how it feels."
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.