Can St. Louis Replace Matt Holliday Temporarily?


The St Louis Cardinals have had their share of injuries over the years. 2015 is no substitute, as St Louis has already witnessed players such as Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams, and Jon Jay go down only two months in.

Now, in an unfortunate turn of events, St Louis watched Monday night as Matt Holliday chased a fly ball from left field, only to fall and clench in pain. Holliday was diagnosed with a level two quad tear, which could be devastating for St Louis. Holliday offered St Louis a reliable bat in the lineup every night, hitting a consistent .303 batting average and even getting on base in 45 straight games.

St. Louis has depth, and always finds a way to push through injuries, but the Holliday injury really leaves a hole that probably can’t be filled. Nobody on the Cardinals bench can get on base 45 games in a row. Granted, players can step up and help fill the void from other positions around the diamond, but with no timetable for Hollidays return, there is little chance the Cardinals can fill the void for that long.

Holliday is listed on the 15-day DL, and St. Louis will re-evaluate him after that. If Holliday does return in 15 days, then the Cardinals will have dodged a huge bullet. given the grade of the tear though, it is likely to keep him out even longer. St. Louis shouldn’t have a problem staying in first place given the state of the division, but during the upcoming series against Kansas City, Holliday will be sorely missed.

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