Matt Holliday aggravates hand injury: “It’s not good news”

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Lost in the Cardinals’ comeback win last night is that Matt Holliday left the game after aggravating his hand injury.

He’ll miss tonight’s must-win game against the Astros and manager Tony La Russa hinted that it could be a serious setback, saying: “It’s not good news.”

Holliday missed nine games earlier this month with an inflamed tendon in his hand and complained of soreness yesterday before trying unsuccessfully to play through the pain, lasting just a couple innings.

The good news for the Cardinals is that Holliday’s backup, Allen Craig, has been on fire recently and went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs after replacing him in the third inning.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.