Cardinals’ Matt Holliday, Seth Maness to undergo surgery this week

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Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was hit on the right thumb by a Mike Montgomery pitch during the 10th inning of last Thursday’s game against the Cubs. He was diagnosed with a fractured thumb and will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair it, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

In Holliday’s absence, Brandon Moss will take over in left field. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Tommy Pham could get playing time in left field as well.

Holliday, 36, hit .242/.318/.450 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 424 plate appearances this season. The Cardinlas have a $17 million club option with a $1 million buyout on Holliday for the 2017 season. It’s quite conceivable that Thursday was Holliday’s final game as a member of the Cardinals. However, GM John Mozeliak thinks Holliday will be able to return before the end of the regular season, per Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest.

In related news, Cardinals reliever Seth Maness will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, Goold notes. Maness is expected to miss the entire 2017 season. This season, the right-handerĀ compiled a 3.41 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.