Cardinals to place Matt Holliday, Kyle McClellan on DL

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A pair of big losses for first-place St. Louis.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told the media Wednesday that both Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan would go on the DL prior to Thursday’s game.

Holliday has been nursing a quad injury for over a week now.  He missed six games before returning to the lineup Monday.  He was able to gut it out then, but he was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup and he’s obviously not playing tonight.

His replacement on the roster wasn’t announced.

McClellan, who has gone 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his first year as a starter, is out with a strained hip flexor.  Taking his spot in the rotation will be Lance Lynn.  He’s slated to pitch tomorrow, giving both Jaime Garcia and Kyle Lohse an extra day before their next starts.

Lynn, a 2008 supplemental first-round pick, lost the competition for a rotation spot with McClellan this spring.  He was 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA and a 54/21 K/BB ratio for Triple-A Memphis, and he gave up just one homer in 62 innings.  He’ll be making his major league debut.

Allen Craig and Jon Jay will share time in left field while Holliday is out for the next couple of weeks.  It’s likely that either Mark Hamilton or Adron Chambers will replace him on the roster.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.