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.

Tim Beckham to miss six to seven weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

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Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to miss the next six to seven weeks.

Beckham, 28, was originally diagnosed with a strained left groin. He sustained the injury during spring training and reaggravated it on Monday against the Indians.

Beckham was off to a slow start, batting .179/.247/.262 in 93 plate appearances. Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson should handle the hot corner while Beckham is out.