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07/18/12 1:42 AM ET
Holliday exits after hit-by-pitch in first inning
By Jeremy Warnemuede / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with a left thigh contusion after taking a Randy Wolf pitch to the leg in the top of the first inning. Slow to get up after getting hit, Holliday was looked at by a trainer before making his way to first base. He played the bottom half of the inning in left field but was replaced by Jon Jay in the second inning. Jay played center field, with Carlos Beltran moving from center to right and Matt Carpenter switching from right to Holliday's position in left. "He's been working with the trainers, and they seem to think he's come a long way since he left the game, so it's feeling a lot better," manager Mike Matheny said after the 3-2 loss at Miller Park. "It got him around the knee, so he just couldn't run." Holliday said the pitch hit him in the left quad, and he said the muscle tightened up on him. He didn't think it was anything serious, but he said he'd have to wait until the morning to see whether he could play on Wednesday. "We'll see; I have to run," he said. "That will be the test, how it handles it or not. I think I have a pretty good chance." The 32-year-old outfielder entered Tuesday's game on a 15-game hit streak, batting .390 with 12 RBIs and two home runs in that span. Despite leaving the game, the streak is still alive since he did not register an at-bat.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.