St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is dealing with lower back tightness suffered on Saturday. It’s unclear when he’ll return to the field.

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Holliday Scratched vs. Astros

Saturday, March 5

Manager Mike Matheny told reporters Holliday wouldn’t play on Saturday due to his back issue. 

Holliday suffered a right quadriceps strain last June, and he proceeded to hit the disabled list before missing 31 games between June 9 and July 16.

And while it appeared as though Holliday would be able to contribute regularly after returning to the diamond, his quad injury flared up and sent him back to the disabled list. Holliday proceeded to miss the entire month of August before returning down the season’s home stretch. All told, Holliday batted .279 with four home runs and 35 RBI in 73 games last season. 

“I have a passion and a love for the organization,” Holliday said during spring training, per’s Mark Saxon. “I take a lot of pride in being a Cardinal and being part of the organization for seven years. I hope that’s the way it goes, but it’s not always the player’s decision.”

Should Holliday miss time, Matheny will need to shuffle his depth around and decide if he wants to flip Brandon Moss into left field from first base or shift Stephen Piscotty from his place in right field. 

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