ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday was unavailable to start for the Cardinals in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field, leaving manager Tony La Russa in a bit of a predicament.
Holliday is feeling sick, and as a result La Russa had to hold him out of the starting lineup against Colorado on Sunday. The outfielder was feeling bad on Saturday night, which is why he was removed from the Cardinals' division-clinching win in the eighth inning.
"He's worse today than he was yesterday," La Russa said on Sunday morning.
That set off a series of dominos that led to a very odd Cardinals outfield. Ryan Ludwick started in left field, Mark DeRosa in right and rookie infielder Tyler Greene in center. La Russa didn't want to start Rick Ankiel or Colby Rasmus, both left-handed hitters, against left-handed Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa. So he got creative.
"If [Holliday] was feeling good, he would have played," La Russa said. "Ludwick was going to play center, DeRosa was going to play outfield and [David] Freese was going to play third. With Holliday not in there, I don't think we're competitive against [De La Rosa] if one of our left-handed hitters has to play center field."
Meanwhile, catcher Yadier Molina missed another game as he recovers from a left knee bruise that he suffered in the fourth inning Saturday. The Cardinals hope that Molina can return during their upcoming series in Cincinnati, which starts Tuesday.
"He's really sore," La Russa said. "Limping. I don't know if he'll be ready by Tuesday."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.