ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday's maddening season of maladies continued Monday night with the strangest one yet. Holliday had to be removed from the Cardinals' loss to the Dodgers after a moth flew into his right ear.

With two outs in the eighth inning, Holliday had to be tended to by the team's athletic training staff. He walked off the field and into the clubhouse, where medical personnel attempted to remove the moth from his ear.

According to a team spokesman, the first tactic was to take Holliday into a dark room, in hopes the moth would seek light and fly out. However, the insect had gone in headfirst and was unable to turn around. Thus, tweezers had to be used to remove it.

The spokesman said that that the bug was still alive after it was removed, and that Holliday kept it.

It's just the latest in a string of physical issues for Holliday, historically an extremely durable player. He underwent an emergency appendectomy in April, missed time in June due to a quadriceps strain, dealt with a couple of internal illnesses and most recently sat out due to a lower-back injury he suffered while preparing to lift weights.

Furcal returns; Theriot ready to play

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals got one of their two ailing ex-Dodgers infielders back on the field Monday, and the other shouldn't be more than a day behind. Rafael Furcal played the ninth inning of Monday's loss to Los Angeles, while Ryan Theriot was considered available to come off the bench in the game as well.

Theriot suffered some mild right hamstring discomfort over the weekend in Chicago. He pronounced himself to be feeling "perfect" after sitting out Sunday's game in Chicago.

"I was playable yesterday," Theriot said Monday afternoon.

Furcal seemed to be a bit further away as of Monday afternoon, but manager Tony La Russa inserted him in Monday's game for defensive purposes. Furcal couldn't corral a hard liner from Rod Barajas, which allowed the winning run to score. Furcal is recuperating from some pain in his right hand, an injury he suffered trying to stabilize himself when he fell in the Wrigley Field batting cage Saturday.

"Today I'm throwing," he said before the game. "I feel pretty good. I know hitting is [easier for me] than throwing. I'm ready for today but he wants to make sure to give me another day."

Furcal expressed no concerns about swinging a bat with his sore hand. The greater issue, he indicated, was having proper grip strength on a throw. That was improving for him as of Monday afternoon, though.

Baby Birds

• Mark Hamilton had three doubles and Tyler Greene drove in four runs as Triple-A Memphis thumped Albuquerque, 10-5, on Sunday.

• Zack Cox had three hits, including a home run, but it wasn't enough for Double-A Springfield in a 9-6 loss to Corpus Christi.

• Tyler Lyons made it three straight strong starts with seven quality innings as Class A Palm Beach beat Jupiter, 3-1. Lyons allowed a run on six hits over seven innings, striking out four against two walks. He's allowed two runs in 20 innings over his past three starts.

• Chris Edmondson homered twice for Class A Quad Cities in a 4-3 win against Beloit.

• Short-season Batavia was rained out against Mahoning Valley.

• Tyler Rahmatulla drove in three runs in Rookie-level Johnson City's 16-7 loss to Danville.

• Bradley Watson pitched six shutout innings to help the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals past the GCL Marlins, 5-0. Watson allowed three hits and one walk, striking out four.

Edmondson earns player of the day honors not only for hitting two homers, but for the timing of them. His seventh-inning shot tied the game, and his homer in the eighth inning was the game-winner. He also singled. Edmondson, 23, is batting .260 with a .346 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage in his first full professional season. He was a 43rd-round Draft pick in 2010.


• The Cardinals changed their lineup a few hours before first pitch. David Freese moved up from the No. 6 spot in the batting order to No. 2, with Jon Jay moving down from second to sixth.

• La Russa allowed his club to arrive later than usual for Monday's game, following the weeklong road trip and a Sunday night game in Chicago.

• La Russa also said that it's possible that Allen Craig will play a bit more center field as the year goes on. Craig started in center Friday in Chicago. "I think it's workable. Especially if it's a day you want to play Lance [Berkman]," La Russa said.

• The manager remains wary of a Dodgers team that has not contended as expected. However, he acknowledged that it's not all that shocking, given the ownership issues that Los Angeles has faced. "Just from afar, I know when you've got that kind of turmoil it's a distraction," he said.